I don’t know about you, but when I read about the “day of evil” in the Bible, I always expect it to be a future event – not a present one.
Ephesians 6:13 says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
In my mind I picture a battle where I see the enemy coming and am ready for the fight. But I think that may be an illusion. I have been remarking to myself lately about how the days are flying by – time is slipping away – and I don’t even seem to be moving or even awake. It is like I am asleep at the wheel here! And isn’t that the picture that we are talking about really? Don’t you have to be awake and alert to stand?
The days of evil are here and I am lulled to sleep by the sound of the enemy marching all around me! I am letting the days pass where they have clear shots at my loved ones, time and room to continue to deceive those that the Lord has placed in my path. I am doing nothing. I am barely conscious! I am curled up in a ball enjoying my slumber, under the illusion that there is lots of time to be ready.
But look around… our children and our marriages are under attack! Our health is under attack! Our freedom of religion is under attack! The days of evil are here, and it is time to stand!
But how do we do that? Ephesians tells us to put on the whole armor of God – put it on – it is an action! We need to read the Word and spend time with the Master to remind ourselves of the truth, of the righteousness that we received, the salvation that we enjoy! We need to remind ourselves of who we are! We need to prepare to share that wonderful gospel with those around us who are in desperate need of a Savior, to use the Scriptures against our unseen enemy and to build our faith until it is strong enough to withstand the shots that will be hurled our way.
This is a daily effort. It is not a nice verse to recall occasionally or a cute poster on our wall. It is a disciplined effort to shake off the blanket of oblivion that the enemy would shroud us in each day. With this knowledge and time with God, we can stand and consciously fight.
The days of evil are not coming – they are here. Stand!