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We’ve all seen the movies where the bad guys are attacking a walled city containing good guys. And we’ve seen how the bad guys break through the first line of defenses, killing countless good guys in the process.

The movie moves toward a climactic conclusion as the chief villain and his bad guys press further into the city past walls and gates and lines of good guy warriors.

The showdown scene is found at the final wall surrounding the structure where the hero’s girlfriend or family is hiding. The hero and the villain battle to the death while their subordinates do the same immediately outside that final line of defense.

Since this is a Hollywood production and not real life, the hero and his closest good guy warriors end up victorious and the girlfriend or family is saved.

There is incredible satisfaction in knowing that evil did not triumph over that which one holds most dear.

Our lives rarely follow a movie script but we can experience that same satisfaction of not allowing evil to triumph over that which we hold most dear — our Christian faith.

The Bible character Job endured a terrible sequence of tragic losses and then was emotionally brutalized by his wife and three alleged friends.

In quick success, he had lost everything he held dear… except for one thing.

“At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.” (Job 6:10)

When it comes down to what really matters in this life, it is what we do with the promises of God.

If we trust them and never give up on loving and trusting God to protect our souls — even in the midst of emotional and/or physical torment — we can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that evil did not triumph over that which we hold most dear.

Hebrews 11 contains a long list of faithful people whose lives demonstrated this belief.

Your years of Christian life likely contain memories of people whose lives have randomly experienced living hell yet their souls were expressing a loving faith.

You might know somebody now who is suffering Job-like turmoil yet their souls are comforted by deep trust in God’s Word.

Perhaps that somebody is you.

Let’s pray for wisdom and character and intimacy with the Bible so that when the bottom falls out of our lives, we can take comfort in the fact that we’re holding fast to Bible promises and will NOT deny faith in the God who made them.

As always, I love you

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