Let’s be real. Life’s journey can be difficult at times and our faith can be tried simply because of difficult people who are trying to suck the joy out of life. If I can be open and candid, growing up, I heard this statement many times. “If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, then say nothing.” I wish life was that simple. Honestly, there are some people along life’s journey that can really be a pain in the backside. Even as a pastor or active church leader, difficult people will have a downward pull on our faith. The negativity can cause you to nearly want to give up on church. If we are around it frequently it can poison our hearts and minds.
In 2 Samuel 2:1-2 (NIV) we find David faced with an interesting issue. “Now a troublemaker named Sheba son of Bicri, a Benjamite, happened to be there. He sounded the trumpet and shouted, “We have no share in David, no part in Jesse’s son! Every man to his tent, O Israel!” So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba…”
Have you ever been blindsided by a “troublemaker” that seems to have a goal of ruining your life? How do you handle them? We can’t just snap our fingers and make them disappear. But we can pray for them. We can search for reasons why perhaps God put them in our life. After all, Romans 5 reminds us that “we can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Next time a troublemaker comes into your life…rejoice…they may be just exactly what you need!