Devotion

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Phil 3:10

Ever have one of those days or seasons in your life where everything comes at you at once? When that happens, some people yell at God, asking Him to back off a little. Now, I don’t mind a little attitude directed at God. He’s heard me sass Him more than a few times. But it seems to me we might be sending our attitude in the wrong direction.

Certainly, God allows things into our lives—He’s the one in control after all—but that doesn’t mean He’s throwing all this stuff at us. Satan is more than willing to chuck our way anything he can find.

Yes, God allows it, because He knows we can stand up to the devil—with Jesus’s help. And anything that makes us lean more on Jesus advances God’s perfect will.

So you could tell Satan to back off instead, but I think we should take our big attitudes and tell Satan to bring it on! The more grief he gives us, the more God can be glorified.

Don’t be afraid of the evil one. Fear is his only weapon. The deeper the pain we experience, the greater the joy of deliverance.

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us Your way to overcome the suffering and evil of this world. Help us to lean on You. We need not fear, but we need Your strength. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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