There is so much violence and terrorism in the world today and people are afraid. I completely understand that feeling of fear, because I am fearful of what the world will be like for my loved ones as they grow older. You can’t read or hear the news without experiencing some degree of worry or concern. It seems that the value of human life is something that is not considered treasured or sacred anymore. We first witnessed the downing of a Russian airliner on October 31st that killed 224 souls, and we now know that a terror group was behind the downing of that airliner. Then a few days ago, this same terror group struck Paris and took the lives of even more innocent people. And this morning, we are told of many potential threats against our own country, especially during the upcoming holiday season. Many people say that this world is out of control and it’s easy to understand why they think that. At first glance, it does appear that this world is spiraling towards complete and utter chaos.
There is a fierce battle that is raging and it is one that most people do not even consider. This battle is being waged by the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, makes it clear that our battle is not a “struggle against flesh and blood” but rather “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Satan is behind all of the violence and destruction that we are witnessing in the world today. He knows that his time is coming to an end and he is relentlessly waging a war to bring about death, destruction, and turmoil upon the world. The evil one wants us to be afraid and to turn our attention away from God and His truth that Satan has already been defeated.
The Apostle Paul instructs us how it is possible to live a life that completely trusts in God and in His plan for this world. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). We are called to have faith in God and to trust in His plan for this world. We will never fully understand in this life why events may unfold as they do, but we can certainly trust that in spite of whatever occurs, God is in control. That alone should give us peace to overcome the many fears and dangers that we may face.
God is in control of this world! This is something that all who believes in God must remember. Satan (“the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” Ephesians 2:2) wants us to think that God has lost control of this world. Scripture however, reminds us that God remains in control of this world and that all we see unfolding is a part of God’s plan. As believers, we know how the story ends, God wins! Satan and death already stand defeated.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). Evil does not have the last word, God does!