Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 ‘Then the dragon took his stand on the shore beside the sea.’

Revelation 12:18

The dragon, who represents destruction and wrong, is taking his stand on the shore beside the sea. He has himself positioned and isn’t prepared to move.

Are we as Christians prepared to take our stand on the hill of Calvary beside the Cross? As the dragon represents destruction and wrong so we should stand for kindness and righteousness. Or does this thought make you feel afraid?

This is a spiritual battle and not a physical one. We are not called to fight the evil one in our own strength or take a stand against him on our own. In fact, it is impossible and foolish for anyone of us to take on the forces of darkness! We are not called to fight but to find ourselves hidden in the safety and security of the One who will fight for righteousness: The Lord of Hosts is His Name. Like a child who has a ride on their daddy’s back, who suddenly finds themselves taller, stronger and running faster than they could ever could do in their own strength, so the Lord of Hosts is to us. We can travel with Him, run with Him, catch the glory of His swiftness and power as we look on and feel courage because He is so close.

Our secret, then, is not to try and be big and brave in this warfare but to stay as close as we can to our Heavenly Father. Whether waking or sleeping He watches over us. The more we discover our weakness and limitations, the greater will be our ability to hide in Him. Others may look on and think we are brave, courageous Christians whilst in fact we feel the total opposite; like a small child who hides behind a strong parent.

‘I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.’

Psalm 3:5-6

We will not be afraid of the dragon who has taken his stand on the shore beside the sea for we will lie down and sleep and be unafraid. We will trust in the One who watches over us during the night hours and in the day. Even though there be ten thousand dragons, we will still not be afraid for we choose to be that small child hidden behind and within our Father. He will deal with the dragon and the beast when it rises out of the sea!

‘Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!’  Psalm 3:7

This is our God! He is unafraid and will deal with all who stand against us. As a true father would protect His own child, so the Lord of Heaven’s armies will defend and protect us. He will not allow our battles to go on too long. He will never allow things to get to breaking point. He will deal with the enemy quickly and effectively.

‘Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people.’

Psalm 3:7-8

Then we will be blessed. When the dragon takes his stand, let us be comforted that blessing will come quickly.