The past few days have been emotionally draining at work. When this happens I usually listen to classical music to settle down and find my peace again. This week though, I have been listening to gothic-metal-Christian-rock. Can you believe there is such a category? I stumbled on a couple bands that I have never listened to before, including the band Gretchen, yes there is a band with my first name! I have also found the band King’s X which has an album called Gretchen goes to Nebraska. Pretty ironic, since that is where I live now.
Irony aside, I have found that although the music is not going to be on the top of my choices, it has its moments. The rage of the guitars and the rhythm of the drums fits the emotions I have inside as I battle against the enemy. It’s the kind of music that would be played in the locker room to help get the team hyped up for the game. Isn’t that what we are doing as believers? We are going out to the battlefield alongside Jesus, to enter into battle with the enemy.
Ephesians 6:10-13 says, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (bold mine).
This is the real battle we face, this is the reason we get on our knees, seeking God’s wisdom, power, and peace, as we put on the armor of God. We know our strength does not come from us, but from God. It is the strength that holds us up when we are weary. The power that comes from the Word of God, when we take up the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
Sometimes I think we are lulled to sleep as believers, thinking that we are to be sweet and kind, never rocking the boat or causing troubles. I know that I have heard that type of teaching in my past. But, while Jesus was the Prince of Peace, He is also the Lion of Judah. As Susan asked of Aslan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”**
Best Beloved, the elements are all there, we just need to implement them. Prayer, armor of God, wisdom, and faith in the Lion who roars.