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Keep us From the Evil One

Thank God that you live in the time that you do. Ask him to keep on keeping you as you strive to trust Him more.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 17:15, ” I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. “

Background

If you are not familiar with the movie Brigadoon , it is one of the lovelier musicals to come out of Hollywood. The story is about two executives from New York who are vacationing in the highlands of Scotland, hunting for grouse. When they get lost in the hills one morning, they turn to their map to try and find a village to seek some food and shelter. Realizing that they are seemingly in the middle of nowhere, they suddenly stumble upon a village that is completely missing from the map, a place called Brigadoon. As it turns out, Brigadoon is a magical place that has been given a unique blessing from God. Mr. Forsythe, the local parson, fearing the fate of his townspeople after his death, had asked God to make Brigadoon disappear, delivering it from the witches who were turning the people of Scotland away from God’s teachings. The town and its people would then reappear for one day every hundred years, thereby limiting the touch of the outside world. To the villagers, only one day would have passed, yet an entire century would have elapsed for the rest of the world. It’s an interesting solution to an age-old problem – how do we keep the world and its evil from corrupting our lives?

Application

Certainly God could perform such a miracle as Brigadoon. Mr. Forsythe believed He could, and even sacrificed himself as an offering for the blessing. But when Jesus sacrificed Himself, His prayer for His people was slightly different. He no doubt could have prayed for God to make us vanish in the mist and place us wherever He delighted. But, rather than have us drop in and out of time, keeping Satan guessing where and when we are, He prayed that our Father would keep us from him. Contrary to playing hide and seek from the devil, Jesus wanted us on this earth to be a part of His victory over the evil one. We needn’t run and hide. He prayed for us to be one, to know His joy, to receive His glory, and to show the world that God sent His Son. We should do that right where we are every day, not every hundred years.

Charge

As we seek Him today, thank God that you live in the time that you do. Ask him to keep on keeping you as you strive to trust Him more.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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