This chapter teaches us valuable lessons about God’s sovereignty.
One, he knows the weakness of evil people and turns it into their defeat. That’s our comfort. Satan also knows the weakness of good people and often turns it against our discipleship. That’s our terror.
A remarkable difference distinguishes the two situations. The wicked can’t keep God from using their weaknesses to accomplish his will. Christians CAN keep Satan from using their sins in his cause. He has no power over us that we do not grant him. His authority stops with our rejection of him.
Two, Satan can interfere with but never overcome God’s will. He can carry his assault on God’s work only to the border God establishes. He can’t walk an inch across that frontier. God’s control of history hasn’t yet yielded, and won’t ever yield either to humanity or the Devil.
Three, with anti-Christian feeling in America preponderant, and likely to increase, Christ’s people must expect it, prepare for it, brace themselves to endure it and determine to defend Christianity any way possible.
And, four...be confident Christians, not fearful; bold, not tentative. While God has historically allowed his people to suffer for their faith, he has never allowed the Christian Faith to suffer.
A big difference. We may die in defense of Christ, as Antipas died in Pergamum, Asia, Revelation 2. But the Christian Faith never dies or is even wounded. It grows more robust with every attack on it and invariably conquers all who dare oppose it.
Therefore, Christians, do not FEAR. God has brought us into the kingdom to succeed, not fail; to overcome, not be conquered; to survive all cultural, societal and governmental opposition, never to join them as the debris of history!
Sursum corda! Lift up your hearts. Jesus Lives! Fini