The Great Paradox

When you appear for battle,
    you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and his fire will consume them.
You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    their posterity from mankind.
Though they plot evil against you
    and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
You will make them turn their backs
    when you aim at them with drawn bow.
Be exalted in your strength, Lord;
    we will sing and praise your might. Psalm 21:9-13

The middle phrase, “Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed” is interesting. When evil people, influenced by the powers of this dark world, plot against God and his people, the evil never succeeds. You’d think that after centuries of plotting evil and destruction on the Church they would have learned by now that you cannot succeed against God. Now, are there evil acts and atrocities they commit against God’s people? Absolutely, and I do not minimize that at all.

When you read about the warriors in the previous century who were martyred and tortured for their faith, who really succeeded? If you’re reading a biography about them, they were clearly overcomers despite the horrendous treatment at the hands of bitter and vile men. Satan and his minions will never learn. When they try desperately to squelch the church and its members, it grows! If that isn’t an astounding paradox, I’m not sure what is.

Praise God that there are still those in the Church, as Hebrews 11 says, “for whom the world is not worthy”

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