The past few days have held many unexpected challenges. Although I had planned many things for this week, I had to cancel every. last. one. As an ear infection was just recovering, my little boy caught a super germ and got very sick with bronchitis-like symptoms. We saw our pediatrician and received medicine, but the very next day, he developed a weird rash. Off to the pediatrician’s we go again…at one point, I teased our Dr. that really we just didn’t have anything planned for spring break! In the midst of canceled play dates, rearranged schedules, and a spilled Costco sized bag of coffee beans I found myself driving to the hospital with papers for blood tests and chest X-rays.
It seemed like every step of this week was being attacked by Satan trying to take my family out! Just like the random hail storm we had on the first day of spring, I was feeling pelted by things going wrong. While I do not believe that there is a demon behind every bush, I do believe Satan is very calculated and active in his attacks. Why? Because God tells us he is! In John 10:10, Jesus says that Satan has come to seek, kill, and destroy us! In 1 Peter 5:8, he is compared to a roaring lion who is ready to devour us!
I share this because if we are not aware of our adversary, we will never be able to fully appreciate our Rescuer! God allows us to experience trial here on earth, because this world is not our eternal home. Our job right now is to learn as much as we can about being like Christ, bringing Him glory, and telling everyone about His gospel. What we experience on earth is only momentary affliction in light of the eternal weight of glory, that is beyond anything we can compare it to (2 Corinthians 4:17). I also think about when the disciples came across a man who had been blind since birth. A common belief being that it was a result of someone’s sin, the disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” As an answer Jesus gives them a small taste of the greater rescue that was yet to come! He answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Our job, is to be a vessel through which God’s glory might be displayed. As AJ has told the doctor “Jesus is in my heart, but don’t worry, He is not the one making me cough so much!”
What happens when it does not feel light or momentary? Obviously AJ being sick for a few days is a lose illustration of attack. Mostly I think Satan tried to wear us out and discourage us, so we would be ineffective in encouraging each other or anyone else (Hebrews 10:25). We all have much more serious times of trial and attack. There are situations my family is walking through right now, and I’m sure you would have things to share in your own life that seem like they are never ending and utterly devastating, as well. The point being, even in the much more serious situations God is greater still.
We will stay defeated if we focus on Satan’s bullying and attacks. But rather, if we are looking at every situation with eyes to see our rescue, God will give us hope as He uses us for His glory.
Jesus reminded us that in this world, we would have trouble! But thankfully, He did not stop there. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
God is greater still and He is inside of us to help us, strengthen us, encourage us, and draw us closer to Himself. Greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
So, instead of Satan experiencing the victory, AJ’s time of being sick and visiting the hospital became a “field trip” of God’s hope! So many were praying for him and us. Rather than being defeated, we saw God’s presence every moment.
Train your eyes sister! Your Rescuer is on His way.