Several years ago, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur quipped that a company is not truly a success until it is sued by another for a patent infringement. Whether true or not, success invites competition. It can be healthy or destructive depending upon the players. I recently found my company in the crosshairs of several competing laboratories.
My laboratory is not large but it is strategically positioned and aligned with several academic teaching centers. These other laboratories have decided that my laboratory is a point of entry to expand their businesses and client base. For the past month, my character and reputation have been under attack by people that I am only casually acquainted. The attacks have focused upon minimizing my importance to the centers where I teach, denigrating my expertise and experience. It is bewildering and disheartening that these people would so readily cast aspersions through emails and external phone conversations and be unwilling or uncaring to directly confront me. Without lifting a finger, I have acquired a cadre of enemies.
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil. When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:6-7 (ESV)
It is not surprising that the Holy Spirit placed these verses next to each other. It is a reminder that through faith and love, we come to God to atone for our sins. In so doing, He gives us the strength and fortitude to turn away from evil and even makes our enemies to be at peace with us.
As I write this, I am still uncertain how these events will ultimately resolve. Meanwhile, I will cling to the promise that God gives me through His Word and pray and remain faithful to God. I will not return these evil actions with evil but will seek to be wise and wait for God to act, to reveal options that I can use or even gain new alliances. I will not limit God’s work but will limit my usual impetuous behavior to attempt to control a situation. Whatever the outcome, if I remain faithful to God, He will be honored and His will be done.
I wait upon you Lord.
Thank you for your Word which is always faithful and true through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.