“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Every so often my little grandson would come a running sounding the alarm that monsters were after him. Sometimes he was told there are no such things as monsters. Other times, Pappy assured him that if there are any monsters, Pappy will beat them up. Pappy then demonstrated some really sad karate moves unique to old out-of-shape Pappies who know nothing about karate moves. Nonetheless, my minimalist dexterity seemed quite enough to impress a two-year-old. The monsters did not stand a chance against his Pappy. He felt safe.
Monsters do exist. Not the kind a toddler mind conjures up, no, far, far worse. Our fallen sphere is under the sway of powers, rulers, and hosts of the worst kind. These minions of the Darkness influence and capture and use people to kill and steal and destroy anything that God loves. Despite some who pretend this world is a playground (no monsters), it is in fact, a battleground (lots of monsters). It has been this way since Cain killed Abel. We see the travail and suffering and carnage daily across the globe. We see the deceptions and confusion and resultant brokenness in people everywhere. Monsters are real. What are we to do?
We first must come a running to the Savior and Lord of the world, Jesus Christ; to Him, who says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28) To Him who created all things and in Him all things are held together. (Col 1:15-18) Yes, run to Jesus, who speaks of the monsters, then assures us, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) And, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph 6:10, 11)
My precious grandson is learning that Jesus loves him for the Bible tells him so. That Jesus loves all the children of the world. That Jesus reaches out to the little Zacchaeus’ of the world. That Jesus can calm the storms of life. And one day, my grandson will know in his heart of hearts, that it isn’t Pappy’s lame karate moves that keep him safe in a monster-laden world, but rather a faithful and loving God. He will know to the core of his being that there is a God who has his time and his purpose already prepared, here and now, and beyond and forever. God has the same for you as well. Do you know Him in your heart of hearts?