Stopping the Attack

As with many things there is a lot of confusion among Christians as to why things happen the way they do, and what level of control they have over the situations that occur in their life.  Well, I don’t have the answers, either, but I do have some insight which may help you.

In this brief posting I use the term ‘attack’ generically to apply to any number of things that come our way in life that may attempt to slow us down, destroy us, to defeat us.  It comes in many forms – death of loved one, loss of job, financial reverse, losing friends or family, marriage issues, children issues, parent issues, etc…

Some Christians spend a lot of time trying to prevent attacks from happening.  Others want to change the attack to their liking.  Still others want to deflect the attack.  All of these attempts are mostly fruitless, which leads to confusion and frustration.  Even to the point of questioning why God would allow such a thing to happen.

So, let’s lay the groundwork right at the start – you cannot stop an attack, deflect it, ignore it, push it back, or make it go away.  While some would argue with me on that point, I think it is pretty clear from scripture that what I’m saying is true.  While you cannot stop it, you can change the outcome, and that is the key to successful Christian living.

To back up my arguments let’s take a few examples.

When David is explaining why he will prevail over Goliath in battle he gives a couple of examples.

1 Sam 17:33-36

And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

So, David’s argument was that he had prevailed over the lion and the bear, and the Philistine will be just as it was with the lion and bear.  David even remarks that although it rose up against him (an attack), David prevailed and delivered the lamb.

If this were the only example I might be on thin ice in my argument, but the scriptures are full of examples.

In Acts 12 we read where the church was under persecution.  During this persecution Peter was thrown into jail, with the intention of executing him after Easter.  This is the attack.  But, Peter, was delivered from jail by an angel of God, and the execution never happened (deliverance).  The attack could not be stopped, but the outcome could be changed.

So, now that I’ve laid the groundwork let me add something to it.  Without an attack, or without a battle, there can be no victory.

We all want a victory, but victory only comes through adversity, or a battle.  We want the victory, but we don’t want the battle.

Just remember, although you cannot stop the attacks from coming, you can change the outcome as a child of God.

Before I close out this thought, it is important to understand that some battles, and the victory that follows, will only be completed in the life to come.  That is, some battles are so intense that they literally take us out of the game.  However, that doesn’t mean you lose.  It simply means the victory is deferred to the life to come.

The best scriptural example we have of this might be John the Baptist, who while in this life never received the reward due from his efforts and obedience, but was beheaded and his life taken from him in an unjust way.  That is the battle.  But, the victory lies ahead.  Never think for a moment that God was unjust, or did not reward John for his life of achievement and obedience.  But, much of this reward is still yet future, beyond the grave.  And so it is with many who fight life’s final battle, whether it is against disease, old age, accident, or other.  The outcome of the battle and the victor’s march may well occur in the life to come, but it will surely happen.

So, don’t be surprised when you are confronted with life’s battles, and think God has left you unprotected.  He wants us to have a good and victorious outcome, as He can change the outcome and make it for good and not evil.

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One Response to “Stopping the Attack”

  1. beamcguire@gmail.com Says:

    I loved this blog. I am always reminded also that, “To whom much is given, much is required”. That scripture brings such comfort to me, especially in the heat of the battle. Thank you for such insightful words! Blessings….

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