We live in a world fascinated with superheroes, or at least the success of Marvel’s movies sure leads us to believe so! Exactly why is it that young boys seem to portray this battle of good versus evil in their playtime, without ever being taught the idea or given this idea to model? I’ll never forget when my now 5-year-old son first started pushing cars around making ‘vroom-vroom-vroom’ sounds and started using little action figures to portray the ‘good-guys’ and ‘bad-guys.’ I remember thinking, where did he learn this exactly?
I believe the realization of this drama of life is innate, because some deep part of us realizes that life is not a playground but a battleground. We live our lives in a spiritual battle, whether we realize it, acknowledge it or whether we choose do get on the battlefield and fight or not. Virtually every great story in some way encapsulates the battle of good versus evil, of light versus dark, and if we are going to find a way to overcome the evil in our lives, we must get out of the bleachers and onto the field.
What I now see as quite funny is that atheists and agnostics #1 reason for disbelief in God is all of the evil and suffering of the world. What they fail to realize is that the failure and brokenness of humanity was brought upon itself at our creation by our disobedience to God’s will and our continued rebellion only increases the amount of suffering we bring upon ourselves and others. We can do like most of the world and shrug off our personal responsibility for the state of the world we find ourselves in but we ALL have played our part in causing pain and suffering in our personal lives and the lives of those we’ve touched at some point or another.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us this:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
If we ran across each other on the street and I was carrying a baseball bat and started to beat you with it, let me ask you a question: Who would be the enemy? The bat? or me? Seems like a pretty dumb question no doubt. The truth is most of us go through our lives fighting against people and circumstances that we feel other people are responsible for. We don’t have the wisdom to realize that we are not battling against them personally (the flesh and blood), but we are battling the dark forces that are controlling them.
There are two sides to this coin;
1st – We must acknowledge that the evil we battle against in this world is spiritual, and even though the evil manifests itself through physical persons, we must wage war with the principalities and powers behind them, not attack them personally.
2nd – We must realize that all the good we experience in this life, all our achievements, successes, accomplishments, and all the love, beauty and overall the savory juice of life we enjoy, this is a gift from God Himself.
James 1:17 beautifully illuminates this truth:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
When beautiful things come our way, and great things happen we must always remember that God is blessing us with gifts, just like He has blessed us with life. If we do not, we risk becoming full of pride and falling to our destruction is imminent.
“Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!”
– Isaiah 10:15
We are all nothing but hollow shells, temporarily filled with a soul and a spirit while on this earth and our spirits are either being led and being fed by the good spirit of light or the evil spirit of darkness. It is that simple. Just because something is ‘good’ does NOT mean it is from God, the devil can bestow what seem’s like ‘blessings’ too, but they all come at the highest price. Sometimes suffering is not purely sourced from evil, but in fact the loving chastening of our Lord to get us aligned with His will and helping us to change our wicked ways. Just like a loving father needs to correct his children lest they grow up reckless and wicked, poised for their own destruction, our Heavenly Father has a heart of forgiveness and a desire to have all of us draw near to He who created us.
To win the battle of good versus evil in our lives, we must simply engage with the proper tools we have been given.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
– Ephesians 6:11-18
We don’t need body guards, we don’t need to know mixed martial arts or have a stockpile of guns and ammunition. We must simply draw close to the source of all power through prayer and seeking Him in His word. In the end though all the superheroes we could desire to be like, might come clothed in more colorful suits and have ‘powers’ we think might be ‘cool’ and ‘exciting’; there is only one ‘superhero’ we should attempt emulate, there is only one who ever has and every will truly overcome and save the world. Jesus Christ.
May God Bless You Always,
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