With permission from Jorn Burger

“Benaiah’s eyes wouldn’t work – the Egyptian had thrown sand into them. He tried to shake off his surprise at how fast the giant moved, he knew he should have remembered from before.”

That was the first thing I read this morning¬† from “Day of War” by Cliff Graham.

Normally, I don’t grab my Kindle first thing in the morning, but I’m nearing the end of this book and I reached for it before I even got out of bed. It’s made me think a lot about battles and enemy tactics. The story fills me with courage and inspires me to be bold. But this morning it also illuminated the difference between what the world offers and what God desires me to have.

The enemy likes to throw dirt in your face. It’s your past sins and failures, or the failures of those around you. It’s your fears too. When thrown into your eyes it’s very effective for momentarily blinding you. Then your enemy can charge in for a deeper wound.

I wasn’t thinking about this on the way to drop off my daughter at her high school. We were talking and listening to the local Christian radio. Rachel Lampa was singing, “You Are My Remedy,” in between songs, the DJ was sharing verses of hope. We stopped and Hannah got out. “Have an great day, Hannah.” She turned and smiled. “I love you,” I said, “and I’m praying for you.”

“I love you too, Mom. Thanks.”

As I pulled away, I changed the station to a secular one. I like the music on this station, but a song had just ended. “Up next,” the DJ broke in, “get your daily dirt! Find out all the trash talk they are dishing out on your favorite celebs!”

I scoffed and switched back. Get your daily dirt here. Let me throw it in your face. Let me remind you there’s nothing grander to live for than to hope your doing better than the next idiot. Let me entertain you with the meaningless things of life and the stupidity of someone’s vain pursuits. Let me get your eyes off the battle. Let me help you forget God wants you to conquer. God wants you to win.

How sharp the contrast! The Scriptures offer so much hope. They constantly remind us there is more to live for. They constantly warn us to trust in God’s strength and not our own. To rely on Christ’s covering and not our feeble efforts. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling,¬† the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18

What dirt is the enemy throwing in your face today?

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