Day 242: Praise’s Victory
Romans 16:20 (AV)
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. -- John F. Kennedy
Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Evil didn’t like his resistance. The tide of evil is swelling in our world today. Fires burn across our land. Cities are being torched to seek justice for the criminal and to criminalize the just. Wickedness prevails while the truth is fallen in the street.
Isaiah 59:14 (AV)
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Is hope losing the war? Has love for righteousness been defeated? How can truth prevail in a world that loves lies, and how can light shine when people love darkness rather than light?
Enter the God of peace.
The God of peace must not be confused with the convoluted idea of peace that has supplanted truth. The word peace has come to mean to acquiesce to tolerance for all sin and intolerance for that which is right and good. But the Bible definition of peace is the annihilation of all enemy factions.
God is allowing evil to have its day, but that day is going to be cut short. He allows men to lay down their arms of rebellion and surrender willingly to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is giving a parley of sorts, a conference to enemy mankind to plead with them to turn back from destruction.
Isaiah 1:18–20 (AV)
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
The time to discuss terms of surrender is nearing its close. God’s children may have to suffer while Satan’s defectors come to God’s side, but we are still given the promise of final and sure victory.
Satan shall be bruised under our feet.
Our Tempter will be no more. Our soul’s enemy, who has vexed us for so long, will be no more. What a happy day! But until then,
The grace of Jesus Christ will be with us.
We may be no match for this unseen enemy, but Jesus has already defeated him. As long as we rest in Jesus, we, too, will experience victory over the enemy.