“A permanent state of siege.” I read these words as I was trying to research something I saw in a book about Cold War spies, and it intrigued me. Siege primarily is about the war strategy of pushing your enemy to the point of surrender by not allowing anything through. But it can also mean, “a persistent or serious attack.” Most uses of the word I hear these days aren’t about war but usually reference unending trouble or misfortune. Either way, the word implies you are at war with something and you constantly have to be on guard, ready for any attack, resisting surrender.
It feels somewhat dramatic to say I feel like I am always under siege. My thoughts tend towards anxiety over circumstances unless I make an effort to focus on what’s true about the situation (Phillipians 4:8-9) and to trust God to work out His will for what’s happening. I think, though, that there is truth to being under siege as Christians. But He doesn’t leave us to do it on our own or forever. 1 Peter 5:6-10 NASB encouraged me so much today when I read it.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, having cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares about you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
We have to be aware of sin creeping into our lives, both quietly and loudly. The devil doesn’t leave us alone, especially as we try to draw closer to Christ! We have to resist temptation, going through the same trials as other Christians. So yes, while we are in the world, we are struggling.
But look at the other parts of the passage. God calls us to be humble, to cast our anxieties on Him. He loves us, and extends grace to us, according to His timing. In the end, God is working to perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. We are under siege, but we have the strength of God behind us, the support of other Christians, and one day, relief in sight.
Right now, you may be discouraged and tired of life not going your way. Stay firm in the faith and cast your cares upon Him! He will provide for you today.
Lord, It is hard to deal with the problems of this world every day. I thank You that I don’t have to do this on my own strength, but in Yours. Thank You that I can cast my cares on You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.