It is human nature to want to work with people that we like, trust and admire. We are always inclined to our friends and when we have something we want done, we prefer consulting our friends and involving them as it makes us feel secure. On the same note we avoid those we perceive to be our enemies and we try as much as possible not to have them know what is going on in in our lives. Many of us would rather fail than ask those we consider to be our enemies for help. The scriptures speaks a great deal about enemies with Jesus Christ exalting us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute and undermine us. It’s no wonder that we find God using perceived enemies in the pages of the scriptures to accomplish his purposes and serve the interests of his people. God divinely provided that Moses be brought up not by a loving and concerned relative but by a confused enemy who had issued a decree that required the killing of Isreal’s male children. God knew that the last place where Moses would be suspected was in the place and therefore prepared Pharaohs daughter for his upbringing. God who makes our enemies our footstool used the palace as the footstool for his servant. The challenge with most of us is that we avoid our enemies and we end up not having any stool to place our feet on. God exalts us through his word to learn how to work with our perceived enemies and if possible draw them closer to them and seek to win them over. Our perceived enemies always have a role to play in God’s grand scheme of things and we should always leave room for our enemies to change. What God has for you is too big for you to be small/ petty as to continue holding grudges. If you doubt that ask the apostles who could never imagine that God can use Saul who was their number one enemy. Where are you limiting God to only use your perceived friends in the challenges you are going through? Where are you avoiding your enemies thinking God cannot use them in blessing you? Gods commandments are his enablement and He who commanded us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us knew that He is an expert in using perceived enemies for the welfare of his people. If you need a footstool, then it’s time you started taking good care of you perceived enemies.
“On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:20-21 NIV
Last modified: July 5, 2020