Haters.  That’s what we call them.  People who disagree with whatever it is that you are doing.  Detractors.  Cynics.  Muckrakers.  Mudslingers.  For whatever reason, there are people who single out other people, or groups who single out other groups and try to distract from the good that they are doing.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  It should come as no surprise, then, that there are haters all over Scripture.  In fact, when the Church was in its infancy, there were plenty.

But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!” (Acts 2:13)

On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers, they started speaking in tongues – not the indecipherable babble of so-called “holy speak,” (ever hear of Relient K?  They have something to say about this subject… anyway, getting sidetracked) but the languages of the people who gathered for that particular festival.  Instead of believing that God was doing a new thing, though, there were some who were just standing off to the side saying, “Yeah, right.  They’ve just had a few too many mimosas this morning.”

There are always going to be detractors.  No matter what you do, there will be people standing off to the side, accusing you of drinking too much, or not knowing enough, or being too (fill in the blank).  Ignore them.

David had quite a few as well.  In Psalm 3, he writes…

O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.  So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!”  But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high (Psalm 3:1-3).

Even David, a man after God’s own heart, a man who – admittedly – made some major mistakes along the way, had some haters.  Just remember those words he says, “You are my glory, the one who holds my head high.”  When the haters come a-hatin’, hold you head high.  Trust in the provision of the Lord.  As long as you are trusting in Him, He’s got your back.

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