Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Some times it seems hard to believe in God when you think of all the wrong that's going on. There seem to be so few good people. How could anyone doubt that there is a personal devil when you think of all the evil in the world.
I would like to ask you a question. Is the devil asleep? You may say, "How could you ask that question when you see so much of his activity everywhere?" But I ask again, is the devil asleep? Or at least partly so?
Things could be so much worse than they are; for example, take the matter of liberty. Here in the U.S. we have the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience. It could be much worse--in fact, the Bible says that the time is coming when the beast will enforce the worship of his mark, and all who will not receive the mark must be killed.
And take the matter of food--most of us seem to get enough to eat; but still, there are many people all over the world who are starving. But things could be much worse than they are now. Compared to what the devil is yet to do according to Bible prophecy, he is asleep today--comparatively speaking.
What will wake him up? Revelation 12:17 tells us that "the dragon [devil] was wroth with the woman [church] and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." What will wake the devil up will be a deep and true revival in the church of Christ, so that every member becomes on fire for God and His truth. When Christian people are filled with the Spirit, Satan will become enraged; and then will come the final events that will happen just before the coming of the Lord.
"Well," someone may say, "why not just let him sleep--why stir him up?" We are living in a kind of twilight zone, enchanted land, just now; but we dare not compromise with evil in order to make peace with the devil. All who love the Lord Jesus and appreciate what He has done for them, will want to proclaim His Good News of the gospel, regardless of how it may annoy Satan.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: Phone message, circa 1973.
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