Triumph Over Enemies

“O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?” (Psalm 74:10).
The big news in Bangladesh just before I left this last time was the capture of the two top leaders of the most powerful terrorist organization in that country. The JMB has claimed credit for numerous bombings and deaths over the past year or so. They advocate the abandonment of Bangladesh’s constitution and elected government, and the establishment of Islamic “Sharia” law and an Islamic government. Abdul Rahman and Bangla Bhai have been the most sought-after terrorists there for some time and are finally in custody. Their organization is said to be “in shambles.”
Since 9/11 it sometimes seems that our enemies are omnipresent and almost invincible. With the ongoing conflict in Iraq, continuous violence in Afghanistan, bombings in Europe, the Pacific and elsewhere, we wonder if our enemies will ever be overcome. Osama ben Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders continue to be free and to broadcast their threats and enmity to all who do not share their beliefs. Danger surrounds us, fear threatens to immobilize us. Can nothing be done?
Relief from oppression and victory over one’s enemies are constant themes of the Psalms. Asaph pleads with God to see and respond to the evil of his adversaries. “Do not forget the voice of your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against you increases continually” (Psalm 74:23). In another of Asaph’s Psalms he begs,
“How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:2-4).
David also prays,
“O my God, I trust in you; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on you be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause” (Psalm 25:2,3).
It is against this background of oppression, suffering, and trust in God that Jesus promises us complete and eternal victory over all enemies, all suffering, and even death.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? … Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?” (Romans 8:31,33).
“Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when he puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign till he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:24-27).
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:54,55).
It is true that evil is plentiful and powerful. But good does triumph sometimes on this earth, and it is certain that Go[o]d will triumph eternally. Evil men are found, arrested, convicted, and punished. Our social and civil courts are not perfect and no doubt sometimes justice is not done. But that is not always the case. And in the final and ultimate outcome, all evil will be punished and all good will be rewarded. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

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  1. I appreciate this article very much. The News Media and many leaders throughout our Nation have put a “spin” and “buried their head in the sand” as we engage a war against terrorism. Islam is a threat to all civilized peoples. They seek to overcome, destroy all Governments/Nations and make an “Islam State” all over the world. They, with God’s Help must be defeated…If not we will all someday be under their rule. God Help Us to be strong. Donald R. Fox

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