The Cosmic Battle

Daily Bible CoverI am sure you have heard, just as I have, how people will refer to the "cosmic battle" that is ever taking place around us.  The cosmic battle between right and wrong, good and evil, God and Satan, morality and immorality - it doesn't really matter what face we put on it, the truth of the matter is that there is a force that is at war with our soul. I think most all of humanity would acknowledge that there is something going on outside of the human realm. But when we use phrases like this, we fail to realize the enormous truth, reality and scope of such statements. The ironic thing is that we even call this a battle. To have a battle implies that there is a struggle happening on BOTH sides of the battle line. It implies that there may be two possible outcomes; either one side will win or the other will. It assumes that even if one side is favored, the playing field is relatively even.

Think about how many times have we seen two teams "battle it out" for first place in their division. How many times have we seen a team "battle back" to upset the top seed in a tournament? How many times have we seen "the battle turn quickly" and what was seen to be a sure win on the battlefield turn into a devastating loss? Two boxers enter a ring to find out who the winner is. They have to battle it out to see how it is going to end. Even if the projection is one of a lopsided victory, they still have to step into the ring and battle.

But thinking back to the "cosmic battle", both sides are not even, in fact, one side is only exists because it is allowed, he has no real authority at all. God, infinite creator of all that was, is and is to come has never had an "upset" take place. There has never been a battle where God "lost" and he fell out of his chair in disbelief or shock. He holds the entire world in the palm of his hand. We often times see things only as the appear, not as they really are.

The problem with that is that there is already a victor. God won before he even created the earth and all that is in it. God has never been put back on his heels struggling to make it through the battle or situation at hand. He has never lost control.

So here in Daniel, we read about future kingdoms coming with complete chaos following in their wake, but it doesn't matter because eventauly the true king will come and will establish the kingdom as it should be. Daniel conveys what he saw in his vision by saying this:

"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory, and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed." Daniel 7:13-14

Several verses later he says this: "But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever - yes, for ever and ever." Daniel 7:18

And finally: "His Kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him." Daniel 7:27

The point of all of this is that the battle is not much of one when you are talking about God vs. Satan. God has already won and He had done so before the battle even started.

The war that often takes place, and the true battlefield, is in the heart of man. Because the heart of man is inherrently evil. The Bible is clear (not that we needed the Bible to tell us this, we can see it plainly enough in the world around us and in our own lives) that every inclination of mans heart is evil from birth. We are self centered in all we do. BUT it is through Christ, the work of the eternal king, that we have grace and that we, flawed mankind, can be TRANSFORMED into a NEW CREATION.

The tables get turned and the battle shifts back in our favor. Not because of anything we have done but because the battle never was a battle (at least one with the risk for potential loss) because the person we now put our hope in and the person who has transformed us into fellow heirs and fellow children of God was never at risk to begin with. We only enter the battle zone when we willfully choose to leave behind the author and perfecter of our faith and enter the fray in our own strength and by our own will.

When we decide to take on the world in our own strength it will be a battle every single time. But we read in God's Word that, through Christ, He will give us a peace that passes all understanding. In the natural world and in the logic of worldly wisdom there should be no peace in the midst of a battle but with God at our side and in our hearts we are given this peace that defies logic. We can stand in the middle of the biggest storms of our life and have complete peace. The reason we can do this is because, for God, it was and never will be a battle for him. It is only when we choose to go it alone that we put ourselves on the front lines and put ourselves in a position where peace is much harder to find.

Who is it that you have fighting your battles these days? Are you taking on the cosmic battle and finding that you are stationed at the front lines or have you given it over to the victor over death, the victor in all things, the king of kings, our Father in heaven, God almighty and his one and only Son Jesus Christ?