If the Lord has given you a work to do, Satan will do everything in his power to hinder it. He may present other things more enticing, such as making money and getting rich. He may assault you with slander, torment you with abuse, and set you to work defending your character. He may employ pious persons to lie about you, editors to assail you, excellent men to slander you, and you will have all the Scribes and Pharisees combined against you. If you are doing the Lord’s work, can you expect any thing else? Did He not say: “A man’s foes shall be they of his own household” (Matt. 10, 36), and “Ye shall be hated of all men for My Name’s sake” (Matt. 10, 22). Can you not see that all these things are Satan’s means to hinder your work, that he is really not fighting against you but against God? (Acts 5, 39).
Go on about your work. If you stop to kick at every dog that barks at your heels, you will not make much progress forward. If you are doing the Lord’s work, no one can stop it, but Satan will use every possible means to hinder. He may come as a roaring lion to scare you, or as an angel of light to entice you. Be steadfast, un-moveable.
Reputation, What men think of you: Character, What God knows about you: He never told you to defend either. If you seek to defend yourself, Satan will have accomplished his purpose. Keep on with your work. God will take care of your interests. You take care of His.
You may be assaulted, slandered, wronged, insulted, wounded and rejected. You may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, despised and rejected of men, as your Lord was, but he set His face steadfastly to go up to Jerusalem. Though all the powers of darkness be arrayed against you,
“In vain the enemy doth oppose,
Our God is stronger than His foes.”
If you try to appease the wrath of man or to please him you will be pleasing Satan. “If I yet please men I should not be the servant of Christ” (Gal. 1, 10). (Author unknown.)