Sometimes it feels like life is out to get us. At every turn, things just seem more difficult than what they should be. But while it’s true life is not personally attacking us, we do have an enemy who would love to take us out. And sometimes we find ourselves caught in his crosshairs.
This was the case with Job. While he was living faithfully and upright before God, the satan sought to take him out.
And we’re warned throughout the Scriptures to stay alert because we have a great enemy who is seeking to devour us as well.
Most days we likely don’t give the spiritual forces of evil in our life a lot of thought. And perhaps this is a good thing. Our time is probably better spent considering how to advance our practice of love than contemplating on what evil might be up to.
But we shouldn’t forget we still live in a world at war – the kingdom of light invading the kingdom of darkness and continuing God’s work of redemption.
And it’s here we will often find ourselves in the crosshairs of our enemy.
We’re more likely to be left alone when we don’t pose a threat. When we’re distracted by the junk, stuff, and things of this life we’re already on a slow path toward self-destruction.
But things get interesting whenever we take up the call to fight the good fight. The enemy is more likely to take notice and respond whenever we start moving in on his territory.
This is what makes those in ministry and leadership so vulnerable. They’re on the frontlines and the enemy has them in his crosshairs.
But this is true for us all. The more we fight for our marriage and our kids, our friendships, communities, and anything that is good, the more we will face the opposition of the enemy.
And he’s poised to take us out whenever we believe we’re simply blowing it or we don’t have what it takes to show up and make a difference.
In fact, things might be heating up because the enemy is threaten by the goodness and life we’re now bringing into the world.
Don’t lose heart whenever you’re in the crosshairs of the enemy. This is often a good sign that you’re fighting the good fight.