God’s love is unfailing. In Malachi, it says He ‘changes not!’ It is not hard to find parallels in the OT and NT that are examples of His continuing grace. It helps to look at the ‘big picture to see the parallels.
On the darker side, the enemy of God never seems to change either. In Exodus there is clear evidence of manipulations by Pharaoh and his doggedness to keep the children of Israel under his thumb. He is really relentless. It seems at one point he recognizes the power of God, yet his arrogance keeps him from backing off all the way to the Red Sea.
Fast forward to the gospel period, Jesus Christ was also ‘stalked’ by the enemies of God. It is also very apparent in Paul’s life. Judaizers were constantly following him around trying to thwart him and destroy him. Why did they expend so much energy into doing all this? It all started in Genesis 3 and continues throughout the ages.
In Acts are the records of Paul and what he went through with people who opposed him. People complained about him, followed him around and some even tried to physically harm him. It wasn’t like he could just walk away from them, they wouldn’t let him. There were problems outside the church community, but most of the persecution came from people within the religious community. When people focus on power, self-interest and influence, not to mention money, things go awry,
Paul’s understanding in dealing with this type of persecution is the only way to handle it.
2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God never changes and His answers are what we must focus on. In Philippians 4 are some great gems that apply to our lives:
Philippians 4:6 Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
It is so easy to take on the negatives, but that spirals us downward. Instead we need to focus on the things of God by valuing those things above thus lifting us up and out of the muck . It is absolutely exciting to watch God’s grace play out. It is downright glorious!