An Unseen Enemy

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Many unsuspecting companies and government agencies found themselves the target of the latest computer virus “WannaCry.” It is believed that the ransom ware made its way through a digital outlet that is not supposed to be connected to the Internet. If that sounds confusing, then you know how cyber security experts feel as they continue to track down how the virus spread. The latest attack, although contained quickly, has triggered a sense of fear over when and how the next hacking will occur. Long before computer viruses, Christians were warned in the New Testament about an unseen enemy that we must be prepared to stand against. Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, whose city boasted the pagan temple of Artemis, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Faced with an unseen enemy, each day we are to be spiritually prepared and confident of our standing in Christ by covering ourselves with a knowledge of the Word of God and a readiness to share the gospel. All of the pieces of armor that Paul mentions (which can be found in Ephesians 6:14-18) are connected and held together by the most important piece of armor — prayer.

No one can predict when the next computer ransom ware attack will occur. As a Christian, however, you can be certain that when your spiritual enemy does attack you will be ready if you at wearing the armor of God. No computer virus program can make a guarantee like that! Since your enemy has already been defeated, go out and serve Jesus faithfully!