Date: Wednesday, September 25
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-17
Verse: For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
Sometimes we find ourselves lashing out in anger at the wrong things. We get home from work and something minor sets us off. When we examine it, we may find our anger directed toward our family may really be anger at the traffic on the way home. Our anger at the traffic on the way home, may have more to do with our frustration at work. Our frustration at work may have something to do with being tired from staying up to watch that movie the night before. When we reflect on our anger, sometimes we lash out at the wrong things.
Paul wants us to know there is a far greater battle than fighting our circumstances. There is a dark force, the power of evil, the “wiles of the devil,” with which we find ourselves at war. Sometimes the battle is from within, as the evil calls us to a place we know is wrong. Other times it is from outside of us, and we find ourselves beset with circumstances beyond our control. Bad stuff happens because the world is broken, and evil sometimes seems to reign.
Many read these verses about taking up “the whole armor of God,” as a call to battle things in our world. If you read it closely though, it is about defending ourselves against “the cosmic powers of this present darkness.” We need to be mindful of the real battle, and not get caught up in the anger du jour. We need to celebrate the good, and defend against the evil.
Prayer: Gracious God, give me the protection I need to stand strong in the midst of the evil I encounter in the day ahead. Amen.
Action: The next time you are angry, upset, or frustrated, examine that emotion for the real source of the feeling. Is what you think you are angry with the real issue?
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