“Against Darkness” ( Ephesians 6:12-13 DRA ) by Carley Evans


Our battle is not against other people. “Our wrestling” is rather “against the rulers of this darkness” and “against the spirits of wickedness.” We battle “principalities and power” that exist “in high places.”

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.

And our position in this battle is defensive.

Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.

We are called to take up “the armour of God.” With this armor – the Word – we “resist in the evil day.” Our position in this battle is “to stand in all things perfect.”

And where is our perfection? In Christ. As we stand in Christ and in the Word of God, we overcome.

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“Untraceable” (Romans 11: 33, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Remember dot-to-dot puzzles? Remember tracing a line from one numbered dot to the next numbered dot in an effort to complete a picture, usually a picture of a puppy or a clown or an umbrella?

God is not a dot-to-dot puzzle who is revealed as you trace a line from one dot to the next. God is untraceable. “For who knows the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid?” (Romans 11: 34 – 35)

Job thinks he knows God, but he is surprised by God. He realizes that he does not know God, that what he believes about God is only a shadow, a rumor of the reality of God.

Today many people appear to know God, claiming they hear His voice, they know His thoughts, they state His truths. But, “how unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways” writes Paul — a man who encounters the Christ on the road to Damascus.

Remember, “God imprisons all in disobedience, so that He may have mercy on all.” (Romans 11: 32) Who fully comprehends this? Who is able to say they have have “the wisdom and the knowledge of God?” Who understands that God punishes all wickedness, yet forgives the wicked? Who understands that God does not abide sin, yet welcomes home the sinner? Who understands how it is that “mercy triumphs over judgment?” (James 2: 13) For God says, “For whoever keeps the entire law, but falls in one point, is ‘guilty of breaking it all’.” (James 2: 10)

God is not a dot-to-dot puzzle to be revealed by tracing over a predetermined yet unseen line. God is a great mystery. He is the good news. He is our savior, healer, sanctifier, and king. Let us rejoice in our salvation — let us be glad Jesus loves us.

“Foolishness And Evil” (Psalm 7: 14 – 17, ESV) by Carley Evans


Sometimes wickedness appears synonymous to foolishness (as sometimes righteousness seems to wisdom.)

“And on his own skull his violence descends.”

I think of the young man (approximately 18 to 24) who rides his Harley out across the back roads of — say, South Carolina — without a helmet, at speeds he should avoid. The Harley spins out, the young man is ejected from its seat, and “on his own skull his violence descends.”

“He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole he has made.”

I think of the older man (approximately 35 – 65) who schemes at his place of employment to defraud, embezzle, hide funds who later “falls into the hole that he has made.”

Sometimes, wickedness is synonymous with evil.

“Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.”

True, premeditated wickedness is hard for me to even imagine. The woman who schemes in advance to murder her elderly husband for an early inheritance. The young couple who defraud a home buyer by covering up serious issues such as a poor foundation or black mold. This sort of evil is akin to a bad movie script, not reality. Yet, there are people who plan to commit wickedness.

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Psalm 7: 17)