3For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
4Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
(Psalm 143:3-4, King James Version)
Who is the enemy? That was not a hard question for David; the enemy sought his life. Often wearied by the continual attacks upon his life, David felt the grief of these attacks even to the very depths of his soul, to the point that he was simply overwhelmed.
Perhaps one of the greatest difficulties of being a Christian in the 21st century is that we do not really understand who our enemies really are! Living from day to day we have become so accustomed to our environment that we do not see the inherent dangers we face in every day life. Oh, we may not face a physical attack upon our lives, but we certainly do face a very real attack upon our souls.
If we truly understand the nature of our greatest enemy: Satan, then we would realize that if he cannot keep up from coming to Christ, he can still keep us from living that joyous, victorious life that is ours in Christ. How do his attacks appear in our lives?
Satan tantalizes us with the things of this world, and with a desire to push ourselves to succeed and gain everything this life has to offer. Now, having things is not, in and of itself evil, but often we are so busy seeking to attain the best for ourselves that we miss what is truly the best! We miss the very joy and peace that are ours in Christ, for Christ has already defeated our greatest enemy. Yet, we find ourselves continuing to long for those things which truly will never satisfy our soul.
Like David, we need to understand that the battle is for our souls! It is a good thing that we have those times and days--maybe even months and years--when we find ourselves almost overwhelmed by the difficult circumstances of life. For it is from these trials that our hearts and souls yearn for Christ. In the middle of our difficulties we begin to understand that there is no joy, peace, hope, happiness, or even blessings apart from our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us, then, not despise our difficulties, but let us understand that they are sent by a God who loves us so much that He uses them to bring us back to Him. For in Christ, alone, lies all of our hope and joy. The things of this earth will satisfy us only for a moment, but the things of the Lord will give us hope and joy for eternity.
The enemy is fierce, it is true, but the battle has already been won. Go to Christ, the only true Fount of Life and Blessing!
God Bless You,