What Can Man Do to Me?

A rap song by Lecrae on conformity

This is my post for this Sunday. Hopefully I’ll be able to do one of these every Sunday where I go over a scriptural concept. Sorry it’s this late. I was going to write it this afternoon but ended up cleaning my room instead. XP Anyway, yeah. Most of you, if not all of you, will probably end up reading this on Monday, which is somewhat of a pity. I’ll try to write this earlier next week. 

Psalms 118:5-6 says, “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? [ESV]” This is such a beautiful verse. In it the Psalmist tells about how he cried out to the Lord in his distress. God wants us to cry out to him and rely on him whenever we are going through a difficult time. He will give us strength. As Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. [ESV]” It really is encouraging to know that someone as powerful as God, the literal creator of everything in existence, is there for us, and will be there if we just call on him.

The verse moves on to say, “I will not fear. What can man do to me?”, and it is on this that I wish to focus the rest of this post on. There has always been, and continues to be, a great pressure out there for us to conform. In some ways, the pressure to bend to the world is overwhelming, easy to see, and hard to avoid, but other times, it is silent and deadly, sneaking in places we least expect it. With the rise in media, transmission of the ideas of popular culture has become increasingly widespread. Whether willingly or not, people absorb what everyone else is doing and telling them to do, and follow it themselves.

This causes numerous problems. Some people feel like they’re inadequate if they don’t do this or don’t have that. For many, the pressure gets to be so great that they succumb in one way or another, whether wholly or a little. But this shouldn’t be the case. Most of what popular culture and media puts out there is a lie. A lot of it is designed just to bring money, fame, or popularity to whatever organization, celebrity, or group is responsible. Much of it is influenced by other organizations, celebrities, or groups. It is a giant chain reaction of conformity.

But Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [ESV]” It’s crazy how accurate this verse is to the situation we find ourselves in. Christ has transformed us. Being a Christian means change. It means standing out from everyone else.

How do we know where to stand out though? Because surely not everything is bad? That is true, and the answer lies once again in Romans 12:2. It says “by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” What kind of testing is this? Here we travel to the Old Testament again in Joshua 1:8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. [ESV]” Looking for the key to success? Here it is, written in plain words. Meditate on God’s divine Word. Use it as a key for discernment, and you will have “good success.” Is it going to be easy? Of course not, for “In the world you will have tribulation” as John 16:33 tells us, but we can “take heart, for I [God] have overcome the world. [ESV]”

And that’s my post for this Sunday. Hopefully it was of encouragement to you guys, and maybe thought-provoking. Stay in prayer, continue in God’s word, and have a great week guys. 

Tours yruly

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4 thoughts on “What Can Man Do to Me?

  1. Good thoughts! I definitely find it hard to know and do God’s will sometimes…although in my case it’s usually because I want to do my own thing, not necessarily what the world says.

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    • Ah, yes. There’s the world and then there’s human nature. Both can be equally convincing. Certainly a challenge to overcome either, but hey, we’ve got the Creator on our side. 🙂

      ~Michael Hollingworth
      Disce Ferenda Pati – Learn to endure what must be borne

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