Here I am laying in bed at 10:00 a.m Sunday morning, wondering if the devil brough sickness into my house. You know how weird that sounds? The devil brought sickness into my house…what did the tooth fairy bring? Our society has pretty much taken Satan out of our vocabularly. I remember 30 years ago, he was too much a part of our vocabularly, but now we don’t even recognize that he exists.
Rather than writing a blog on proving the devil exists (maybe another time), here are a couple thoughts about his activity in this world and how we can respond:
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:7: “I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me…”
Paul seems to be blaming the devil for a physical affliction of some kind. He goes on:
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NLT)
Here’s the deal: Satan does torment us. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. But his battle plan is faulty. Because people who follow hard after Jesus, find strength in their weakness. Not their own strength, but God’s power working in us the ability to persevere, to take pleasure, to be strong.
So, today, as I am afflicted by a messenger from Satan, I choose to allow Christ’s power to encourage me, to strengthen me, and ultimately to heal me.