Life feels like an uphill battle. A promotion grants us a little more financial security, but then our old clunker gives up the ghost. We finally get an offer on our house and then the mortgage banker informs us that interest rates for our new loan went up a percentage point.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Living means conflict and controversy. Something right at work invites something wrong at home or vice versa.
All around us an invisible realm exists. Spirits of the fallen ones yank the string that gives us a promotion, hoping we’ll worship money rather than God. The Lord extinguishes the clunker’s life hoping we’ll trust Him to provide another.
Focusing on the event is a trap. This world is a house of mirrors. Is it a reflection or the real thing? The only thing we can depend on is that Satan is against us and Jesus is for us. Who has our attention at this moment?
Looking at the life of Paul, we see someone who had plenty of negative circumstances. Did it get him down? Maybe. Did it make him quit? “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Ph. 4:11).
According to the Apostle Paul, we can learn to be content in our circumstances.
Focusing on the negativity of our circumstances instead of focusing on “Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1) is a surefire way to fall under enemy fire.
Our enemy, Satan, knows he has no power over us if we’re wearing all the armor and marching in formation with our fellow soldiers. He wants to get us alone so he can whisper lies and convince us to surrender.
Bad things happen. Bad things happen to people following Christ. Look at Job. No one had a worse set of circumstances. He lost his family, his wealth and his livelihood in the span of a few minutes.
“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22). Job knew that he had to trust God in every situation. If he had known God had sent Satan to test him, would Job’s faith have been strengthened or weakened?
The truth of the matter is that God allowed Satan to afflict Job because Job’s faith was strong. God knew Job’s faith wasn’t just a robe he wore on Sunday. Job trusted God every day and all the way.
In short, hard circumstances mean God has faith in us. Will our faith in Him stand up beneath Satan’s assault?