John 10:10 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
We live in a world today that's fascinated with holidays that celebrate gluttony and everything dead, and news headlines that exploit human evil actions for ratings. From movies to comics we are inundated with goblins, villains, zombies, skeletons, and ghosts. Let’s not get defensive or “religious” when thinking of all of this evil, but let’s take a moment to reflect on the invisible reality that our world is fascinated in “making visible.”
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against … darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” The Bible confirms that the power of witchcraft is real. The Bible also speaks of the realities of “everything dead” (we can assume that demons can manifest in many forms—i.e. goblins, zombies, skeletons, and trolls, etc.). The very fact that our world today longs to “make these things visible” testifies to their invisible reality. God is clear that evil exists.
The Bible is also clear that Satan, the originator of evil, is a thief that longs to kill and destroy anything and everything that God calls good (John 10:10). We know that Jesus is obsessed with all that is helpful, good, and life giving, but Satan is obsessed with everything dead and everything that brings death.
Our world's fascination with evil in every realm of culture should awaken us to our own numbness toward the evil around us, and to the evil within. Satan, demons, our sin, and evil, exist everywhere. They exist invisibly, and as we’ll see in our next Day’s study, they exist visibly. Let the circumstances around us encourage us to renew our resolve to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph 6:11).
Dear Lord, we pray that each and every day we would face the evils of the world with Your “Whole Armor” on. Help us to stand firm. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.