I have an enemy. All who place their faith in Jesus have an enemy.
I see in today’s readings the work of the enemy of God:
- He worked through Saul to try to kill David. (1 Samuel 18-19)
- He worked through a sorcerer to try to keep a man (the proconsul) from faith in Jesus. (Acts 13:6-12)
- He worked through unbelieving Jews to try to stop Paul and Barnabas from telling people about Jesus. (Acts 13:49-52)
More significantly, I see that God is victorious. Each and every time God wins:
- Because the Lord is with David, he eludes Saul’s attacks and is successful in battle. (And we know he eventually becomes king.)
- Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul blinds the sorcerer. The proconsul believed.
- Despite the persecution of Paul and Barnabas, many believed. “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 13:52)
The evil that is the enemy of God tries so hard to thwart me. He is so sneaky I hardly even recognize his work. I am reminded today to be vigilant.
As I recognize the efforts of my enemy, I am reminded to cry out to God as the psalmist does:
“Oh my Strength, I watch for you;
You, Oh God, are my fortress, my loving God.” (Psalm 59:9)
As I am filled with the knowledge that my God is always victorious, I am reminded to worship God as the psalmist does:
“Oh my Strength, I sing praise to you;
You, Oh God, are my fortress, my loving God.” (Psalm 59:17)
Dear God, You are Conquerer. Only through Your almighty power can the enemy be defeated. Thank you for loving me.