Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 20, 2020
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9
There are times in life when God’s love for us doesn’t seem real or obvious. It seems out of reach. But the devil is completely aware that you are Christ’s beloved. That’s the reason he wants to come after you and me. Christ is shouting his love for us from the Cross, through the wonder of creation, and through the pages of Scripture so that we’ll know without a doubt that He loves us madly.
Numerous other scriptures describe God’s love. Think about the significance of this for a minute. If a woman has an enemy she loathes and wants to destroy, would she attempt to ruin what her adversary didn’t value? Of course not.
To cut to the deepest part of her opponent’s soul, she would want to ruin what her rival cherished most. In God’s world, this is you. You top His list. God is in a battle for your affection because of His affection for you.
This battle is described in John 10:10—”The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they [you and I] may have life, and have it to the full.” The semi- colon indicates that the battle is going on between Satan and Jesus. What’s all the fighting about?
You and me.
That’s right. We’re the object of the battle. We’re the prize. This means that we must choose who we’ll side with when Satan comes scratching at the door. Will we agree with the Adversary’s lies, or trust and follow the Lord?
A decision has to be made. Jesus never said, “I want to give you life, and Satan wants to destroy you—but you can remain neutral if you want.” Instead, he said as Joshua said, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Because we’re the battle prize, we don’t have the privilege of standing on neutral ground. There really is no neutral ground in this matter.
I spoke with a young man who said he didn’t want to choose a side in the battle. “I don’t like thinking that I’m the object of a battle; I like the idea that I’m just on my own—I’m in control up here,” he said, pointing to his head with his index finger.
“Right,” I thought. “Why won’t he acknowledge his part in the battle?” Then it hit me: when we know that God cares for us, believing that we’re the prize in such a significant battle is a marvelous revelation of love. Imagine—God loves us enough to fight for us! We have extreme value to Him! However, if, like this man, we don’t want to submit to God’s authority, then admitting that we’re the battle prize is uncomfortable, because it means that we must be accountable for our actions, our attitudes, our lives.
In God’s economy we find not one independent human on earth; we all answer to someone—either God or Satan. Even though we may ignore the battle, it won’t go away. We can’t wish it away, and we can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist.
The question is—Whose side will we choose?
Lord, how awesome it is that I am your precious possession. How sobering it is to think that I need to choose your way and not give the devil a foothold in my life. Please help me to follow you. Amen.
Is there anywhere in your life that you need to surrender to God and His plan and thwart the devil’s activity?
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