Perspective matters. It should dictate the way that we pray, read our bibles, think and live our lives.
The apostle Paul makes it clear to us that we have an enemy, an enemy that is constantly looking to accuse, condemn, distract, frustrate. It is true that the adversary is, using a wildlife analogy, like a lion walking about roaring, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) Lions do not generally roar when they are on the hunt as this will warn their prey of their whereabouts. Roars are not only used to proclaim territory but also to rally straying members of the pride.
Maybe Paul is inferring that the enemy approaches, trying to intimidate us, trying to claim territory that his not his as his own, and calling for support because he knows that the redeemed of the Lord are protected by a covenant that declares eternally, that we are not alone. The battle truly is the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15), and our prevailing, year on year 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. (Ephesians 6:12)
We are not left to our own devices. We have a very real enemy, we should expect to be attacked, ambushed at every opportunity, slandered, persecuted and maligned. Encouragingly, it is in the face of this that we are given the stirring news and our battle orders;
Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
The bible never portrays us as a people on the run from the enemy, but a people in exile – looking for the Kingdom of God, His righteous rule and reign, to be extended wherever we are, and in whatever we are doing.
Putting on the armour of God every day is not merely for our protection, it announces that we are a people on a mission looking for opportunity to share the gospel with all who will hear, that they too may be delivered from the enemy that they have not discerned, that comes not to bring life, comfort, reconciliation and peace with God, but only to kill, steal and destroy.
We are not on the run, not fleeing (except from sin) but we are advancing. And if God is for us, who could be against us?
Have a scripture-honouring, Christ-exalting perspective and let it change your life and transform you.
God’s perspective about you is that you are His, and He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Never alone. That’s an excellent perspective.