“I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.” (Psalm 71:7-8)
If one lives a life of faith, their faith will influence everything they do. This is a witness of the Lord, for He who guides the one who lives by faith influences those who are around the one who lives by faith. Many chafe at the reminder of the Lord. So even being quietly faithful is sometimes troublesome; but our refuge is always the Lord and we should praise Him in every circumstance.
Lord, I wonder why it is so difficult sometimes. I am not doing anything other than what I would normally do and those who do not know you become upset at my presence. You are my rock and stronghold; let me never move away from you because of the pressure of those who want me to conform to this world. Guide me in Your ways that I may forever hold fast to You in all of my ways.
Lord Jesus, You know how upset people become just because You lived the faithful life. Lead me in Your ways knowing that those who hate you will be angry at me because I am in You and You are in me. Grant me strength to overcome every obstacle that I would learn by the power of the Holy Spirit to remain faithful in season and out of season. Teach me to walk in this world faithfully. Amen.