On February 9 A.D. 2017, our region had a major snowstorm with the usual aftermath. Some actual schools and pretty much all child indoctrination centers were closed. Snow removal vehicles hit the streets. Folks had to “dig out.”
As of President’s day traces of that typical winter event remained. Cars were dirty with a thin layer of smudge, rock salt that had served its purpose could be seen on roads and sidewalks. Out with my dog that morning, I noticed a couple of small, white strongholds which had been protected from melting on account of their strategic location in shadowy places.
Which brings us to the shadowy personage known by various abhorrent names in holy writ. That would be the ancient serpent, the adversary, the deceiver who has persuaded some to deny his existence, and others into giving the devil more than his due.
The Bible teaches that this malevolent spirit being has a kingdom (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:18). What can we ascertain about the goals, strength, and stability of that kingdom?
Its goal is to oppose and undermine the rightful King, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His kingdom. Allegorically speaking, its first assault was a withering blast of temptation which covered Eden in a cold, wet blanket of death when our first parents succumbed.
But the Bible also teaches that Christ’s redeeming kingdom is everlasting and that it will eventually overthrow all opposition (Daniel 2:44, Isaiah 9:6,7, 1 Corinthians 15:24-26, et. al.) To imitate Him Who used parables profusely, the kingdom of God is like a fleet of plows, a powerful snow blower, and a bunch of strong shovelers all rolled into one formidable array against the enemy.
So why doesn’t satan abandon his vain campaign against divine power? Perhaps just as pride blinds human eyes with self-deceit, so the father of lies (John 8:44) is himself deceived into thinking he can overcome his almighty Creator from Whom he has defected.
Meanwhile, the present strength and stability of his realm has become far less than it was before that thawing resurrection dawn about two thousand years ago. It will be even weaker in Spring’s full bloom when its every snowflake is long gone. Yes, some piles of muddy residue abide. The kingdom of darkness will not be fully obliterated until the Final Harvest.
So what is wisdom for us soldiers serving in the ultimately victorious army of King Jesus in this present age? If we are obeying Him and making petition as He taught us, “Your kingdom come,” how can it be in keeping with faith to have a view of the future which assumes that more and more satanic storms will bury the world and that spiritual winter will drag on and on?
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Of Whom did Isaiah (9:7) thus prophesy? Which kingdom has a bright future, and for which kingdom does only ruin lie ahead?
Yes, there is still much evil in the world…many wicked castles and watchtowers yet stand though they are crumbling. Some are comparable to those mountains of snow to be seen in the corners of big parking lots; they will be longer in melting. But melt they will! “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…” (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Take heart, keep offering that petition, “Your kingdom come!” Read Matthew 13:31-33 and consider how greatly that mustard seed planted in tiny Judea millennia ago has already grown to global proportions…how that leaven is already working its way through all three measures of meal. Expect more and more diminution of the kingdom of darkness but with an even stronger spirit of expectancy pray and work for the growth of Christ’s kingdom.
The devil? In God’s time, nothing will be left of that snowman but a couple of lumps of coal, a rotten carrot, and a couple of spindly sticks!