A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
The zika virus, which is contracted from the bite of a mosquito, continues to make headlines. A growing number of U.S. athletes have expressed second thoughts about participating in the Summer Olympics in Brazil due to the spread of the virus. And just this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that a baby born in New Jersey shows signs of possible birth defects due to the zika virus. As efforts intensify to control this terrible virus, the fears of many continue to grow with each new diagnosis.
The New Testament alerts us to the fact that there are many invisible, yet real, dangers which exist in this present world. The apostle Peter, writing shortly before his martyrdom, tells believers to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” As followers of Jesus Christ, we do not need to live in fear of the one who seeks to entice us away from God. But, we are to be knowledgeable of Satan’s activity and oppose him by means of a strong faith. Such a faith, or sober mind, is built upon an understanding of the Word of God, daily engagement in prayer, belonging to a local body of believers, and being active in the work of the Church.
As you go out into the world to serve Christ this week, remember the greatest danger you’ll face is not physical, but spiritual. Don’t go unprotected!