So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
I was on a walk in the field in front of our home, nearing a group of cedar trees, when suddenly I heard the screech of a hawk approaching. Startled, I looked up. Coming from the direction of a nearby wooded area was a large red-tailed hawk. Quickly and desperately, it was flying to distance itself from the attack of another bird. This other bird was not a larger predator, but instead was a lone squawking, aggravated, and very persistent mockingbird. Whatever the hawk did to invade or threaten the mockingbird’s space, the little guy would have none of it, and it was tenaciously (and successfully) chasing a much larger and more dangerous enemy from its territory.
We have a dangerous and well-skilled enemy we know as Satan. His goal, we are told by Jesus, is to “kill, steal, and destroy” us. Our protector, however, is the Lord God Almighty—a force so fierce, no foe dare to attempt an overthrow. Our trust and confidence must be in knowing that the battle truly is the Lord’s, as scripture declares, and he does not lose his battles—ever!
Are you in a battle you feel you are fighting on your own? The battle is the Lord’s. Since he fights on our behalf and goes before us, we become a force to be reckoned with. He is our front and rear guard. When the enemy attempts to intrude the territory given us by God—no matter the enemy’s reputation and size—one believer who trusts in the Lord God Almighty becomes the majority and winner. We are like the mockingbird against a bigger enemy, small but powerful due to our identity in Christ and God’s position in the battle.
You, O Lord, are God and you are mighty in battle against your enemies. Thank you that the battle is yours, and you go before me as my King and Protector. In your name and by your might, Holy Spirit, I will resist the wiles of the enemy, and as I do I am promised the enemy will flee. Amen.
“but rescue us from the evil one.”