Designing Defending Women
Recently I saw a video clip from an old television show called “Designing Women”. In the clip, one of the Sugarbaker sisters, Julia, was defending her younger sister, Suzanne from a fellow beauty contestant. In looking back to this clip, I noticed several interesting things.
First, through the entire tirade, there was not any foul language. She got her point across without resorting to crudity. In addition, her delivery of defense was confident. It was passionate. It was sustaining.
This clip reminded me of my own sister through the years in her defense of who I am. She would not allow anyone to be critical of me in a way that was hurtful and destructive. If I shared my hurts with her, she carried them as if they were her own.
I thought of that this morning as I read Psalm 55:22. “Cast your burden on the LORD. And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” NKJV
This verse is telling us to throw down or, throw away those thoughts, difficult relationships or circumstances that have become so heavy on our heart and mind that we are paralyzed from moving forward in what God has for us. But, the Psalmist completes this phrase by telling where to throw those heavy burdens. We are to throw them on the Lord. Why? Because He will sustain you. That means He will hold you up when you are weak and weary. He will nourish your dry spirit and take upon Himself all you have thrown His way.
Why would the Lord do such a thing? Because He does not want us to be weakened in our faith or to fall into despair. “He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” The promise for you and me as believers is security. No matter what struggles we are dealing with, God will not give permission for our faith to be overthrown, dislodged or carried away. He is there to defend us and to catch us when we begin to waver and fall.
In those moments when you feel like giving up because things are hard, you will read something, see something or hear something that will draw you back to lean on the Lord. Those are His reminders to you that He is with you always. He will not allow you to be moved from your position of relationship with Him. You are secure in His loving arms. He is your defense and will always defend your cause according to His will. He is passionate about you. He is confident in you as His child, and He will sustain you by His power that you may endure whatever hurts and pain come your way.
And then finally, what if we as believers were as quick to jump to the defense of our sisters in Christ who are facing criticism and mockery as the Lord in His defense of us? As we sit in our church pews, we are surrounded by those who have like minds. But when we go into our communities, we are surrounded more and more by those whose words and thoughts are in stark contrast. Mockery and criticism abound in the secular world. We must take up our cause for Christ in a way that defends the rights of our brothers and sisters in the faith. We must do it with passion, confidence and in a way that lifts up one another to fight the good fight of faith.