Refresh Devotional Day 16 — Cataract SurgeryMar 16, 2021
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood.”
We as humans tend to see our struggles only on an earthly level. We often view conflicts with those who oppose God’s purposes in our lives as irritating human behavior.
However, the Apostle Paul calls us to take a look beyond what is seen. He calls us to remove the blinding cataracts of an earthly perspective. He calls us to look beyond the human faces and see the unseen forces that oppose God’s purposes in our lives, “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood.”
Paul, the writer of this powerful truth, knew firsthand what people could do to him. To Timothy, he wrote, “Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm” (2 Tim 4:14). He listed other people who attacked or deserted him in his service of God. Yet Paul kept in mind the ultimate source of these attacks and remembered God’s help: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack” (2 Tim 4:18). Paul knew that people were only the front line in a spiritual battle for the truth of God that is revealed to us in Jesus.
Attacks from other people are tough to take. They are especially disconcerting when those who oppose us come from within the family of God. We think they should know better and act better. After all, we are on the same team. Here too it is helpful to have our earth-bound eyesight cleared to see the invisible battle. There is an enemy who opposes the purposes of God; he is the evil one, Satan.
Do you face opposition from people who are standing against God’s purposes in your life? Target your prayers against the real enemy and seek God for the accomplishment of his purposes. Surrender your earthly view for a biblically informed perspective. Then ask God to reveal if you are working for the wrong team in a situation of conflict. Just as others are prone to serve the evil one, we too are susceptible.
Prayer starter: Lord, grant me the grace to see beyond what can be seen with my eyes.