Scripture for Today: 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.”
With these fires enveloping so much of Washington, Oregon and California, the skies have become dark and somber with the ash. Midday can seem like early evening and the sun has trouble piercing the gloom. A pall of dark smoke hangs over land far away from the actual fire. The lack of normal light is a constant reminder of our fire-beleaguered world here in the west.
There is a dark world in today’s verse, and it is our world. Making it dark are unseen rulers, authorities, and powers that are in direct opposition to the Light of Jesus and to His “children of light.” No, we do not see these spiritual forces of evil, but we know they are there as we see their effect. Thankfully, we are not without recourse. Because of God’s armor, we can stand firm against this dark world. Believers have God’s truth, not only as our first line of defense (belt of truth verse 14) but also as our only and best offense. (sword of the Spirit, the Word of God verse 17)
I have no courage to stand. Who am I to plant myself firmly against such an array of opposition? But God tells me that my strength is in the Lord and in His mighty power. (verse 10) He has given me truth and the truth is that the battle belongs to the Lord. I am on the winning side! Although this world is dark, following Jesus means I will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life! (John 8:12)
Thank you Lord, for being my strength and my light.