Grace and peace be unto you.
As you journey through life and diligently do your divine assignments, Satan will try to harm you. But you need not worry because he is attacking Jesus who is in you, the undefeated champion. As such, do not exert your energy and fight him, instead, concentrate on the task at hand, and trust Jesus to take care of him. The Bible says, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge…” (Psalm 91:4).
The story is told that the prophet Elijah informed King Ahab that there would be no rain in the land for a few years. After Elijah prophesied, God told him to go and hide in the Kerith Ravine (1 Kings 17:1-3). While he was in hiding, Ahab sent out his armies to find him but they were unsuccessful (1 Kings 18:10). When God protects us, our enemies cannot harm us. They cannot infiltrate the protective barrier that God placed around us. According to Job 1:10, God had a conversation with Satan regarding Job. Unsurprisingly, Satan admitted that he could not hurt Job because of the protection that God placed around him and his household.
Sometimes, I hear believers complain about how Satan is attacking them. Interestingly, they make no mention of God’s power in their lives. Despite the fact that Scripture says, “…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God is displeased with the complaints because they indicate a lack of faith in his power and authority. Furthermore, he allows afflictions in our lives and desires that we continue to praise him. When believers talk more about Satan’s attacks than God’s goodness, they are glorifying Satan. The prophet Isaiah wrote that God is jealous and will not give his glory to another (Isaiah 42:8). Even amidst our afflictions he protects us, the psalmist says, “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy” (Psalm 61:3).
Elijah was oblivious to the danger that was triggered by his prophecy. As far as he knew, he was carrying out God’s command. His mission did not involve weighing possible consequences of his actions. Rightfully so, that was God’s responsibility. He knew that Elijah would need protection and made the necessary preparations. Therefore, as soon as Elijah completed the assignment, God revealed the “protective” strategy. Similar to Elijah, our responsibility is to do our assignments according to God’s instructions. We should not be concerned about the repercussions because God will protect us. The Bible says, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).