Friday, December 22, 2006

Isaiah 10:5-19; Psalms 40, 54; 2 Peter 2:17-22; Matthew 11:2-15

The “real” enemy. With evidence of so much violence in the world, it is comforting to know that God can be trusted to deliver us from our enemies. “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust.” (Psalm 40:4, New International Version.) Trust is “the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something” (Webster’s).

The news media provides us daily with the accounts of people escaping from the Middle East by any means and at any cost. The enemy threatens their lives with bombs and other weapons of destruction. This is a very real threat. But I would say there is another war – a battle that rages within us, between good and evil. As Christians, it is comforting to know that there is no threat that Jesus Christ cannot protect us from. In a world full of tragedy and uncertainty, the true tragedy would be to die without accepting him as your Lord and Savior. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us a certainty and assurance that the unbelieving world does not have.

There are no easy solutions to the world’s problems. Many of us seek easy solutions to immediate problems, sometimes taking shortcuts and justifying them because of the circumstances. The end is said to justify the means. As Christians, we must avoid this path by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Obedience to God offers us a different perspective on life and even death. We realize that the real enemy is sin and that the battle is ongoing, and we have the assurance of knowing that the victory has already been won.

Keeping our minds focused on God and praising him for his many blessings provides us with our “real defense” against the “real enemy.” As the psalmist said, “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. Things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” (Psalm 40:5, New International Version.) May the Lord continue to deliver us from our “real enemy” – sin – and may we always love, honor, obey, and worship him as God. Amen.

- Sandra Gentry

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