Humanity has always been quite fascinated with the battle of good versus evil, and the books we write and the movies we produce are the evidence of our fascination.
If we’re not careful, we’ll read the Bible as though it fits right in with the rest of the world’s great literature – a classic tale of a good God versus an evil Satan, with God coming out on top in the end.
Here’s the problem with reading the Bible that way: it’s poor theology.
To read into scripture the idea that it’s all about the war between God and evil is to suggest that there is actually a contest, when there is none.
All of the power that exists in the universe flows from the nature and being of God. All authority possessed by any creature – human or angelic – is simply on loan, granted by the permission of an omnipotent, sovereign God who rules and reigns.
Any evil, any suffering, any tragedy experienced by the human race is allowed by the permission of God, for a season, and for his divine purposes alone, which remain mysterious and beyond our ability to grasp.
Here’s why that matters to your everyday life… when you decide to follow Jesus, you are welcomed with open arms to the winning side.
You will, as Jesus’ follower, encounter battles. You will experience, from time to time, the ravages of the spiritual war raging around us. But at no time are you ever in jeopardy of losing when you follow the victorious, triumphant King.
Paul put it this way in a familiar verse…
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
~ Romans 8:35-37 Amplified
You will experience suffering and affliction and tribulation. You will walk through calamity and experience distress. You may endure persecution and hunger. But you will never lose.
Amid all of these things, we are more than conquerors!
So walk in victory. Claim the power and authority that belongs to those who have triumphed and never forget that the source of that victory lies in the limitless, unending, undying love of Jesus Christ for you!
Talk to God about all of your troubles, and thank him in advance for the victory that is already yours. Remember the temporary nature of your suffering and ask God to remind your heart that you are on the winning side for all of eternity!