Monday, January 15, 2007

Our battlefield

A young family man I know just finished 8 months on the front lines in Afghanistan.  His family is rejoicing because he's come home.  He's just here for a brief visit, however, and then he must go back for several more months.  It's hard to fathom the range of emotions as they are reunited and then separated again.  He must return to that dangerous place, where his life is on the line continually.  It may not seem like it, but we live in a dangerous place, too.  We have an enemy who is on the prowl continually.  His weapons are discouragement, temptation, distraction, and accusation.  His intent is to keep us away from our source of hope in Jesus.  We won't return from this battleground until we go home to heaven.  But just as that young man is never alone on his battleground in Afghanistan, so we are not alone and we are not defenseless, either.  Psalm 119:150,151 tell us "Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.  Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true."
We shouldn't be surprised when life seems to get us down.  We need to return to our sure hope because the strength we need comes from Him.
Rob Smith
my apologies for sending this twice, but I forgot to put a subject on the first one

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