Veterans of a Spiritual War
By Alan Wright — November 11, 2019
If you’re walking in a place of freedom like America today, it’s because someone fought for you. And if you’re walking in the blessings of God today, it’s probably because someone did spiritual warfare for you.
I’m thinking today of my friends who are veterans - people who fought for me, some of whom died for me.
It’s humbling and awe-inspiring to consider those who put themselves in the line of fire for you. I remember being haunted throughout my childhood by the specter of the Vietnam War. Like a dark storm cloud, the prospect of being drafted and dying in a jungle on the other side of the world hovered ominously over me through my adolescence. I registered for the draft, but the war ended and I never had to put my life on the line. Others did all the fighting for me. What’s left but to say, “Thanks.”
Veterans Day was originally “Armistice Day.” Though World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the fighting had ended seven months earlier when the Allies and Germany enacted an armistice on 11/11 at the 11th hour. We had hoped it was the “war to end all wars” but, of course, it wasn’t. Though Congress later dubbed the day “Veterans Day” to honor all who had fought, it began as a celebration of armistice – of peace. It’s fitting because every noble fight is a fight for peace.
So, I’m thanking God today for the courageous men and women who fought for me – but I’m not just remembering the natural warriors.
“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood,” Paul told the Ephesians. We struggle against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12, ESV).
Dark forces in invisible places have sought to destroy you, but people have fought in the spirit for you. It might be a grandmother or a friend or a pastor, but if you are walking in the blessings of God today, it’s because someone interceded for you – someone took a stand in the spirit for your well-being. Thank them. And while you’re being grateful- exalt the ultimate veteran of the spiritual battle – Jesus died for you in order to strip the devil of his rule in this world. And that’s the Gospel!