If I had to pick a couple words to describe the last year for most of us, I would simply say devastating and confusing. That’s simply a real and raw reflection of what most of us have experienced. I know you probably don’t need reminding, but if you do, we’ve gone through a really hard year.
It seems as if there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, but may I remind you today that God has yet to stop being God. In the midst of all of the pain and frustration of the past year, God has not stopped loving, caring for, and pursuing His children. He loves each one of us deeply and He desires to be in relationship daily with you. Our external circumstances are not what define us, but it is whose we are that defines us. As William Temple puts it, “Our true value is not what we are worth in ourselves, but what we are worth to God, and that worth is bestowed upon us by the utterly gratuitous love of God.”
I do not enjoy giving Satan credit, but he sure has been able to do some serious damage to a lot of people over the past year. As a student pastor, I know how hard life has been for our students, and I know they regularly need to be reminded of the fact that, because of God’s infinite power and what He’s done for us, our identity can remain firmly in Him. We can be strong and courageous because of the mighty work of Jesus. I love the words of Paul in Ephesians 6 when he challenges us to stand firmly against the strategies of the devil.
We can suit up in the armor of God today if we choose to. His Word can be a mighty weapon fighting for us and we can confidently know that no weapon formed against us can prosper. God doesn’t need us to be strong on our own; He’s asking us to suit up and be strong in Him and Him alone.
Spend time in Ephesians 6:10–20 asking God what you need to be on guard against and asking Him for help to stand firmly against the enemy.