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How do I deal with this harassment?

Submitted: 10/16/2007
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Question: I am older than 35 and often face situations where I am called stuck up. I am just a quiet person at times, but I do not understand why I get this spirit about me, usually at school or at work. I don't bother anyone, I am usually am alone, not because I want to be but because I don't have anything to say. I can't beleive I still face these issues as an adult. When other people are quiet, they are said to be nice and a quiet person. But when I am, I am called stuck up. Is this demonic or does God have work to do on me? It is often painful for me. Any suggestions?

Answer: You asked, 'Is this demonic or does God have work to do on me?' The answer to both questions is probably yes. God often works on our character by releasing the adversary to afflict us with some kind of painful experience. You can be encouraged to know that this is exactly how God dealt with Paul the apostle, who wrote: 'And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.' In this case, God allowed the adversary to buffet Paul so that he wouldn't become proud and arrogant. There is something about pain that humbles us if we respond properly. So what did Paul do? He continues: 'Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' This is God's answer to you: 'My grace is sufficient for you. My grace will get you through. Don't get hung up on seeing the situation change, just hold onto Me!' So what was Paul's conclusion upon hearing God's solution? He writes: 'Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me' (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). We suggest that you draw the same conclusion.