The Battle We Face

John Piper made the comment in his book, Let the Nations Be Glad, that “Life is war. That’s not all it is but it is always that.” Life, always war? Really? Why can’t it be that it’s war “every now and then”? For example, tough times come and we can just write it off to “war” but then we get back to normal. That sounds much better to me.

Apparently, Piper knows something of the Biblical text which leads us to that very conclusion. Life is war. It is a battle that is spiritual in nature. Ephesians 6:10-20 clearly describes the war and the need to be on the alert all the time.

The core of the war? A battle for our hearts. A battle for whether or not we will live with Christ as the source of all joy, hope, and love. Ironically, when we are living without Christ as our source, the battle can seem calm and life can feel pretty smooth. Why? Because the enemy is winning the battle without any overt attacks. However, when we are moving toward Christ and choosing Him, life can get brutal, the attacks fierce, and life not so smooth.

So, why fight it? Why not just give in? That is indeed the question and one that each person must discover. But only when that question is asked are we finally getting somewhere.

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~ by Ted Wueste on September 29, 2011.

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