(Proverbs 24:15 KJV) Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
I have a key chain that says “Don’t mess with Texas”. It is one of the mantras of the people of Texas. It is a mindset that Texas is special. I was at a meeting yesterday and after a statement about how certain rules are different if you leave Texas the speaker followed up with, “But why would you ever need to leave the Republic?” This verse is a warning for the “wicked” (7563). What it is saying is, “Don’t mess with God’s people.”
Keep in mind that they will still persecute, criticize and attack. That is not an “if” it is a “will”. But they have been warned. As the next verse points out, we may get knocked down but we will not be knocked out.
So? Part of our hope is based on the Providence of God that will guide all that happens. It is going to be an interesting year, as in the curse that says “May you live in interesting times”. It is also a blessing because we can sit back with our popcorn and enjoy the show. Spoiler alert. God wins.