Ephesians 6; Ezekiel 17; Isaiah 46
It’s not the driver who speeds to cut in front of us on the freeway only to slow down to ten miles an hour under the limit. It’s not the person in the express lane who has thirteen items when the limit is supposed to be ten. It’s not the boss who yells at us unfairly. No, none of these people are the real enemy we face as Christians, although those are the kinds of people that may make us forget we are followers of Christ for awhile. Our battle is a much deeper battle. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) All those people that irritate us are not really a problem. Our battle in life ultimately is spiritual. Our ultimate battle in life is to maintain our relationship with God. The “spiritual hosts of wickedness” will do what they can to disrupt that relationship. They may even use people that are dealing with difficult situations to annoy us: the parent who cuts in front of us on the freeway, and then has to keep on driving while dealing with a child throwing up in the back seat; the mother who got a few minutes away from the hospital and chose to get a few thing for her child who might have had to wait thirty minutes in the regular checkout lane; the boss who was just told that if things don’t improve, he’ll be looking for a new job soon. We don’t always know what other people are going through and we can’t change them even if they are as bad as we think they are. What we can do is recognize the source of our battle: the rulers of darkness of this age and remember that the source of our strength is the God of all Creation who conquered the forces of evil. Our victory is sure. The war is over. So when the battles still keep coming, we must turn our focus back on God to finish the battles for us.
Lord, how easily I judge others and let what they do affect my relationship with You. Remind me that the battles I face are the last desperate gasps of a defeated foe. Give me the strength, protect me with Your might as I face the daily trials of life. Let my life reflect Your victory each and every day.