1 Thessalonians 5:2-6: For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
Nothing feels safe anymore. Every few days, it seems we are under fire—movie theaters, schools and universities, concert venues, road races, sporting events … even churches. I pray daily for God’s protection, but would be dishonest if I said I wasn’t scared. If I told you that I sleep in peace, go about my everyday life with confidence, and practice faith 24/7, that would be a lie.
Fear. That’s what the Enemy wants.
Who is this Enemy? Is he a terrorist? A dictator? What about a leader whom people trust? Yes. He is all of those things. Satan is cunning, baffling, powerful. In 2 Corinthians 11:14, he is described as a force that “masquerades as an angel of light.” He represents evil, terror, darkness, and unfulfilled promises. A liar. A cheat. A destroyer of all things good. And, he has been defeated.
Praise God. I do not belong to this world; I belong to Him “who presides over us all” (Big Book, p. 14). I am a child of the Light. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross and was raised to life on the third day. I am a miracle because of His grace. I am worthy because He made me whole. God is Love. He is majestic, holy, faithful, sovereign, omnipotent, forgiving, just, merciful, gracious, and good. He is eternal.
Of course I feel fear. I am human. But today I can meet that fear with prayer, Scripture, and faith—not a bottle of wine to escape from the terror. Psalm 91:14-16 states, “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
I hold onto these promises. I choose to stay sober because I know that my sobriety has so much more to do with Him than me. I not only talk about faith—I strive to live it. I practice the spiritual principles behind our 12 Steps every day. Indeed, evil is upon us. Satan is upping his ante, for his end is near. But all of these frightening, horrific, terrifying events have to happen in order for our Savior to return. And that gives me peace.
I am Yours, God.