Continued from here.
I believed that because I was fully walking in obedience to God in a particular area of my life, that part of my life would be protected from spiritual attack. After all, God promises blessings for obedience. As I have walked in full obedience in this area of my life, why is it blowing up?
The Bible forewarns us that spiritual attacks will come to test us, so we should not react “as though something strange were happening” (1 Pet. 4:12). Rather, our reaction should be to commit ourselves to God “and continue to do good” (1 Pet. 4:19), despite that part of our lives blowing up. I should even consider this trial to be “pure joy” because it is helping me mature and grow into completeness in Christ.
Then, I got to thinking about people in the Bible who were also squarely within God’s will when they faced trials. Daniel was squarely within God’s will when he was thrown in the lion’s den. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were squarely within God’s will when they were thrown into the fiery furnace. Joseph was squarely within God’s will when he was thrown into prison, as was Paul. And both Jesus and Stephen were squarely within God’s will when they were being killed. So, why did I believe I was immune from spiritual attack just because I was squarely within God’s will in this area of my life? It looks like I am in good company!
From a human point of view, one would presume that if God tells you to do X and you are faithfully doing X, then God should keep the path clear. I am learning firsthand that there is no biblical basis for this rationale. I do not fully understand why God is allowing this trial/spiritual attack in my life when I am solely doing this in obedience to God, but I’m sure Daniel didn’t understand it, either. It’s not my place to question why. Instead, it’s my job to continue on in obedience, even when nothing makes sense.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace getting punched. Courtesy Bitmoji.]