Today, I am reminded of two “enemies” of Christ, Judas Iscariot who hid himself among the disciples and Saul of Tarsus (later the Apostle Paul) who openly persecuted followers of Christ. We too have overt, obvious adversaries like sickness, poverty, mental distress, and yes, the sinful actions of others. And we have subtle enemies like greed, pride, unforgiveness, and our own concealed sinful habits.
Then I asked myself, What is an enemy? As always, in His wisdom, Jesus has provided that answer:
The things, the concepts, the thoughts, and the people that move us away from the will of God are our enemies.
When the dust settled, Judas was shown to be an instrument, an necessary evil to facilitate Jesus’ divine appointment with the cross. And Saul became Paul, a dogged preacher and teacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Got Enemies? Maybe, but none outside the sight and reach of Our sovereign Father, God who works ALL things for the ultimate good of those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)