If...Then...

I have no idea how much demonic oppression I face.  I tend to think that my flesh is bad enough that the devil doesn’t even really need to worry about me.  I tend to think that my infatuation with the world is so strong that all the demons of hell spend their time focusing on tougher targets.

 

But then again, maybe the devil and his hordes have had their sites set on me for some time.  And IF God had not protected me, THEN what would have happened to me?

 

Our Psalm for prayer talks about this.  If God had not helped Israel at some difficult time in history, THEN they would have been in really big trouble.

 

Psalm 124:1–5 (ESV)

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side— let Israel now say—

if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us,

then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;

then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;

then over us would have gone the raging waters.

 

What I have prayed for our church family this week, what we prayed for you as Elders this morning, is that to whatever degree our respective NRBC members are facing demonic opposition, IF they are, THEN may God protect you with his mighty power and preserve you for another day of service in his kingdom.

 

I’ve prayed this for our marriages. I’ve prayed this for our children. I’ve prayed this for physical safety. I’ve prayed this for spiritual protection. I’ve prayed this for elementary kids at school and for infants in their cribs.  I’ve prayed it for teenagers who haven’t been driving for long and for our elderly whose reactions behind the wheel are slowing.  I’ve prayed this for those in frustrated jobs and for those facing the frustrations of midlife.  IF unseen forces are marshaled against you, THEN may God keep you safe in the shelter of his arms.

 

I wonder about this and the revival of the horrific problem of racism that now has the political spotlight in our country.  I wonder about this and the ghastly practice of abortion that has receded to the peripherals of our moral debates.  Has the devil instigated the one only to distract us from the gruesome reality of the other?  IF he has, THEN may God protect those babies who are targeted by a doctor’s bank account as much as he would protect those minorities who are treated less than equal because of their skin color.

 

I see very little essential difference between racism and abortion.  To view somebody of a different color as of lesser value isn’t much different than viewing somebody of an earlier development as of lesser value.  To hate somebody because of a difference in pigment comes from the same type of heart that kills somebody because of a difference in his or her relationship to a birth canal.  IF someone of a different color OR somebody of a different size is at risk, THEN my prayer is that God might protect each in his or her own way from whomever might oppress.

 

And while I don’t know how much demonic opposition I face, I do know that only eternity will show much God has done to save me from my enemies in both this life and the next.  My God deliver me from the dark world, from my deceptive flesh, and IF the devil is warring against me, THEN may God deliver me from him too.