He Trusted In God (from Handel’s Messiah) [3:11]
Lyrics: He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He Delight in Him. (Psalm 22:8)
Lloyd’s Life Lessons: In Battle, Listen & Trust God To Be Your General
By Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
An incident confirmed three truths.
- One – God will fight my battles.
- Two – No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
- Three – Trust God!
I am a singer, songwriter and entertainer who tours nationally. Every tour with one particular company, I always performed early in the show until something unexpected happened.
A world renowned celebrity was scheduled to make a special guest appearance which equaled extensive media coverage. I thought it wise to check the format of the show because I knew one act was stealthily conspiring to promote themselves by under-minding the other acts. I learned years earlier that true promotion comes from God – not via dirty tricks.
My suspicion was correct. The conniving act was moved up to my spot. Though angry and a bit hurt, experience has taught me to stabilize my emotions before reacting.
I calmly asked the stage manager to explain why my performance was moved down in the show. Obviously uncomfortable, he referred me to his boss. His boss gave me a rambling senseless answer. The bottom line was the conniving act had successfully stolen my spot.
As I stood in front of management ready to argue for my well-earned position in the show, a still small voice in my brain instructed me, “Say OK, turn, and walk away.”
My wife Mary, upset about this latest attack of my Nemesis anxiously awaited to know the result of my meeting with management. I told her, “I don’t know what this is about, but I have decided to trust God”.
The renowned celebrity excited and captivated the audience. Afterward, the TV cameras and media along with the audience’s attention continued to follow the celebrity off stage.
The emcee introduced the conniving act, but nobody cared. Their performance was overshadowed by the lingering presence of the renowned celebrity; media seeking interviews and audience seeking autographs.
When the celebrity retired to back stage, the emcee gave me an unexpected enthusiastic and glowing introduction. I was received with thunderous applause. All the TV cameras, media and the audience’s attention were refocused back to the stage. Wow! I could not have planned it better. My performance was a huge hit. The audience applauded seeking an encore.
Whatever God has planned for you can not be taken away by man. God had my back.
“Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15