“And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the Lord, ‘From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it'” (Job 2:2).
It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the never ending problems I have with my body and view my illness as the enemy. But is it?
No, the enemy isn’t your chronic pain that deprives you of sleep and happiness. It isn’t the illness that is slowly but steadily deteriorating your body. It isn’t the body that imprisons you to a life of isolation.
We actually only have one enemy in this world, and that is Satan. But it is easy to lose sight of that fact when we look at what is going on around us. If we are not looking at our lives through spiritual eyes, we are not seeing the true picture.
Picture in your mind if you will, a battle going on around you–good versus evil. Because that is exactly what the Bible says is happening. As we see in Ephesians 6:12, “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.”
If you do not have Christ, it is a battle for your very soul. If you do know Christ, it is a battle to make you ineffective as a Christian.
The devil doesn’t need to make you fall into some horrible sinful life. No, he is more clever than that. All he needs to make you do is. . . nothing.
If you do nothing for Christ, or if he breaks your fellowship with God, he has succeeded in his goal.
I would like to share a quote from Stephen Covey which really changed my way of thinking, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
Prayer: Father, I know what I see going on around me is not the true picture. Please open my spiritual eyes to see what is really happening, and keep me safe from Satan’s schemes against me. Amen.
About the author:
Julie Buckley was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease in 1995 (scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyositis) along with fibromyalgia. She lives in the midwest with her husband and has a grown son. She also has a blog site called “Healthy Souls,” which encourages Christians to grow stronger through their physical weakness, http://jabuckle.wordpress.com/
Do you sometimes despise your body for betraying you? Can you take another look and see the significance of the spiritual battle going on around you?
It’s hard to understand it all, isn’t it? When is God building character? When is He weeping over our pain, but still allowing it? When does He allow Satan to touch our life, even when it will hurt, and yet He wants us to draw close to Him? So many questions… I hope this song “When You Come Back” by JJ Heller is a comfort. It is a beautiful minute and a half and I am sure you will be blessed. -Lisa