Recently, one of our female guppies gave birth to about 20 fry. For those who may not be familiar with what I’m talking about, one of our fish had babies. Our first initial thought is, “How cute!” It was quite exciting to see these miniature fish swimming around for the first time! Unbeknownst to many of them, it was soon to be their last. For you see, at their size, they become nothing more than another source of food for our already gluttonous fish. And, in an effort to survive, many begin to hide in the crevices, the leaves of the plants, or wherever else they might be able to get out of vision of the other fish. Some last longer than others. But, in the end, many of them are hunted out and eaten. For them, they are just trying to hang on as long as possible.
I fear that too many Christians are living in much the same existence! From the time they are saved, they are unaware that Satan and his army is relentlessly pursuing them to devour and destroy their lives. I Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. And unbeknownst to us, he is using tactics that he knows will lure us into the hands of destruction. Make no mistake about it: Satan and his army are professional hunters of the hearts and souls of men. From the time a person trusts Jesus Christ as his savior, he become a huge target! Don’t get me wrong, Satan is very much interested in preventing the lost from knowing Christ as well. But, for a Christian, it seems that personal attacks are relentless at times. Whether Satan begins the destruction through that Christian’s carnal desires, his family, or even his job doesn’t matter in the end because the results are the same. Satan is seeking to devour families, ruin lives, and destroy reputations, all to hurt the cause of Christ.
The question is probably floating in the back of your mind right now, “How are we like these baby fish?” The truth is, all we can do in our own power is try to hang on as long as possible before the inevitable happens. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Unlike the fish, we have an outside source of strength and protection that will not only defend us against these malicious attacks, but will allow us to conquer the one who sought our destruction! I John 4:4 tells us, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Though we do indeed have an enemy seeking to destroy us who is far stronger than we could ever hope to be, the truth is, that enemy has no power over us when we are living in the power of God Almighty. When we are trusting in God to protect us and strengthen us, not only are we able to withstand the attacks of Satan and his army, but we are able to claim victory in any circumstance! Let us as Christians not live a life of survival; our existence ought not be one of just simply “hanging on”. Let us press forward and claim the victories that God has already won!!