THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2010
of the main aspects of the book of Job is the reality of spiritual
warfare. Satan opposes what is of God, and desires to oppress
those who are faithful to God.
is a reality that “the whole world is under the power
of the evil one” (1 Jn 5:19b). Just look at how widespread
and deeply-rooted the darkness and evil in the world are.
And so it is that Satan came to God “from roaming the
earth and patrolling it” (Job 1:7b,2:2b). He saw Job,
who was “blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding
evil” (Job 1:8b). Such a one was a constant threat to
Satan’s dominion of sin and evil. Job then became a
target of his attack.
This spiritual warfare is basically between God and Satan.
But we are enmeshed in the conflict, whether as forces on
either side, or as innocent non-combatants. This war is raging
in the heavens and on earth. It is a war for the hearts and
souls of men.
as Satan’s intent is to oppose anything that is of God,
God’s intent is to bring man back to Himself, and ultimately
to bring Him to eternal life in heaven. In this, God will
accomplish His purpose, using human instruments to do His
will. As we respond to His call to be those instruments, then
we automatically become enmeshed in spiritual warfare.
here is an important reality: God has already won the victory.
Jesus broke the hold of Satan by the shedding of his blood
on the cross. Jesus, the offspring of Mary, already struck
a mortal blow to the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15). But in
his death throes, Satan is even more dangerous, as he desperately
rages to bring as many as he can to perdition. “But
woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to
you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.”
God is victorious, but at times we seem to be defeated by
the enemy. We can already live a victorious Christian life,
but there will be times when we will seemingly wallow in defeat,
oppression, affliction, hopelessness, helplessness, pain and
suffering. This is part of the inscrutable ways of an Almighty
do such negative aspects of life happen?
just like in the case of Job, God does allow Satan to afflict
us. But in doing so, God is still in control (Job 1:12,2:6).
This is the same case with Jesus. God allowed His own Son
to suffer and die. For what purpose? For the mystery of redemption.
God does defend us, but allows us to be defeated, at least
temporarily. This is His way of testing our perseverance and
persistence, our endurance and doggedness. As we pass each
test, God is able to field us into more intense areas of combat.
What is God’s goal in forming us? In spiritual warfare,
God seeks unquestioning loyalty and obedience from His soldiers.
God desires that we become pure instruments, to be used by
Him as He wills, in any way and in every circumstance. God
desires to purify us so that the very power of the Holy Spirit
can be infused in us and used effectively to overcome the
such, we have various virtues to learn and live out.
total surrender to God. Our lives belong to God. We must allow
God to direct us in the way we are to go.
faithfulness and obedience to our covenant. God has already
shown us the way. We must live out our covenant to the fullest.
What the Commander-in-Chief says, the army must follow.
unquestioning loyalty that accepts the sufferance of injustice
in the world. We do not serve God because of what we can get
out of it. We do not stop serving God when it seems we are
being unjustly treated and there is no respite. We serve God
simply because it is the right thing to do. When Job lost
everything, he said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s
womb, and naked shall I go back again. The Lord gave and the
Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!”
(Job 1:21). When next Satan smote him with severe boils all
over his body, Job said, “We accept good things from
God; and should we not accept evil?” (Job 2:10b).
love for others, including human enemies. Our only enemy is
Satan. Those humans who are enemies of God in the world are
lost souls, whom we must desire to bring out of the dominion
Because CFC-FFL is an evangelistic and missionary community,
we are automatically engaged in spiritual warfare. The forces
of the enemy are formidable, but we know we are on the winning
side. “They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will
conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and king of kings, and
those with him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Rev
in CFC-FFL have been called and chosen. If we are also faithful,
then we will fully share in the victory of our Lord. But victory
is not the only thing we will share in. There too is seeming
defeat, as when Jesus hung crucified on the cross, as when
Job sat among the ashes with his great suffering.
this: when we are afflicted for serving God in this war, then
we are on the right track. We are merely facing a formidable
enemy, and reaping his deadly blows.
Onward to victory, Christian soldiers!
(December 14, 2009)
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