So I’m getting weary of the feeling that for every advantage of technology there is a new and clever way to deceive people. Almost daily I get e-mails trying to tell me that I have a huge deposit of money waiting for my attention. Or occasionally an e-mail with a very sad story about someone who needs money for a sick relative, to go to school, etc. I resent soliciting on my home or cell phone. There’s even news that hackers know how to use other people’s cell phones to make their own calls and bill them to the victim’s accounts. Deception, lies, and manipulation are the advanced education of much of humanity. And if we don’t get enough in realtime, those themes dominant our entertainment.
I end up feeling very vulnerable. One of my neighbors’ sons is a police officer and his car is often parked on the street. I feel a little safer knowing he’s several houses away. We build fences, get new locks, take vitamins and vaccines, put packages in the car trunk, live with watch dogs and alarms, use firewalls, clouds, and attend self defense classes. We are supposed to be wise and thoughtful. Yet there aren’t enough hours in the day to learn all the ways to protect ourselves, loved ones and our possessions (intellectual property or physical).
Last evening we attended a performance based on The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. It was a thoughtful reminder of the often unseen and on-going battle for the souls of humanity. Satan is maniacally intent on snatching as many victims as possible in his hatred of Jesus’ victorious life. There is a sense that succumbing to evil is almost inevitable, yet I left with hope. Evil angels/spirits recede in the presence of God’s love and the power of His Word. They are the ones who are doomed. Check out Ephesians 6:10-18.
Our planet has been hacked. It is hard to trust. I still have locks on my doors but I pray to God to keep my heart open. God’s Word, and the beautiful Jesus subdues my fears, and settles my spirit. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:4,5, NIV).
Questions for personal journaling or group discussion
1. What would help your sense of security right now?
2. What is your definition of victorious living?
Karen Spruill writes from Orlando, Florida. All rights reserved © 2012 AnswersForMe.org. Click here for content usage information.