Over the past week, our eyes have been opened to see another spiritual reality taking place in our midst. To state it simply, we are under attack. The Bible says, “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12)
Our family is under attack; many of our ministry partners are under attack; and we are personally being confronted with temptations of every kind to stay in Canada, rather than go to Japan: temptations that strike at areas that are nearest and dearest to our hearts.
On Sunday as Julia, Peter, and I sat in our living room coming to the realization that over the last four to six months the battle has been greatly intensifying around us, I couldn’t help but be grateful that though we are such frail beings we serve an immense, great God. I love the way that one of my favourite songs puts it:
“Lord, we are weak and frail, helpless in the storm.
Surround us with Your angels; hold us in Your arms.
Our cold and ruthless enemy: his pleasure is our harm.
Rise up, oh Lord, and he will flee before our Sovereign God.”
(from “Our Great God”)
During this time on Sunday, God asked me to turn some of these areas of attack over to Him. He didn’t give any guarantees of protection for the ones I love, so it was a struggle – almost physically so. But at the end of the day, we’re all His anyway.
In one of the Narnia books, someone asks if Aslan is safe to approach. I will never forget the answer: “He’s not safe, but He’s good.” What an amazing assurance. He’s not safe, but He’s good. The war is already won. Our God is victorious, and through Jesus we also lay claim to victory!
A few weeks ago, my sister asked me, “What is faith?“
“Faith is trusting and obeying,“ I said. “Trusting is the theoretical side of faith. Obeying is the practical. You need both to have a living faith. That’s why James criticizes Christians for only believing but not doing. Both are required.“