The Evil Day
Warren E. Berkley
“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.” Eph. 6:13.
What does this mean, THE EVIL DAY? The apostle refers to “the evil day.” And our first reaction to this might be: EVERY DAY IS EVIL! There are temptations we face every single day. Life on earth is not easy, and we may often complain about the surrounding presence of evil.
But instead of just complaining and offering some quick comment about the evil and sin in the world, perhaps we should give some thought to Paul’s expression, “the evil day.”
I believe there are some days (or times) worse than others. There are times when the fight is more intense … times when we feel like we are overwhelmed … all sorts of things are hitting us at the same time…
- Financial pressures.
- Medical problems.
- Tension in your marriage.
- Difficulty with children or grandchildren.
- Struggles over some unresolved problem at work.
- Difficulties in the local church.
- Questions … Doubts … Irritations.
If you are having difficulty being a Christian and dealing with these matters or any kind of problem, Satan is aware of your circumstance and he wants to step in and take control. He seems to concentrate his malice on us when we are “down.” So, in addition to whatever we are struggling with, Satan is on the attack against us. That’s the evil day! And at such times we need extra-ordinary strength. The battle is intense, and we realize that a few memory verses will not get the job done. Temptation is severe and we feel overwhelmed with all that’s happening. Satan is amassing all his forces against us, sin threatens us and the world beckons us. This is the evil day. And Paul teaches us, there is only one way to handle it.
“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”