The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

Deuteronomy 28: 7


When the bad of this world strikes, it often seems as if it is coming after its intended victim with all of its furry and might concentrated into a singular moment and point of assault. These are the days when everything that could go wrong does so. The friends that you had been able to count on to get your back are suddenly traveling on the other side of the world, or, even worse, they are leading the charge against you. On these days, which can stretch out over weeks and also years, it is hard to find the strength to just crawl out of bed. In fact, the reasonable thing to do might just be to burrow down under the blankets and pray for divine deliverance.


That, in fact, might be Moses’ point. Not the lump under the covers at the foot of the bed part of it, but the praying aspect of that image. There is a war on. Anyone who pledges allegiance to God and seeks to follow Him will become engaged in the fight, whether we want to be so engaged or not. Although today may be calm and there might not be an angry army camped outside your door at this time, you will be under siege from them in the future. It is also an almost absolute guarantee that you will be called upon to do some skirmishing during some part of the most peaceful of days. Satan does not stop. He is not willing to yield, and he will be relentless in his futile attempts to get to and at God’s people.


It seems to me that this condition of being in an ever present state of war in this life is the result of God’s very nature. He does not force people to follow Him; rather, He pursues us and graciously loves us. God allows us to stand up and be strong; yet, He is continually ready to sooth our wounds and stand us up when we are knocked over. He also knows that we tend to think that we only need Him when things are tough. We tend to only call upon God when the first arrows of the volley are starting to strike our flesh, when we have shattered our sword, and when our armor is out to be cleaned and polished. God wants us to learn to be dependent on Him in and for all things. He wants us to do this by staying close to Him in prayer, in deep study of His Word, and through close association and involvement in His community of faith. This is how people can stay equipped and ready to engage in the battle. In this way those seemingly mighty forces that are coming after us will be sent fleeing in every direction.