This week's news has been about Hamas' attack on Israel, which reminds us that we can always expect attacks from devilish people or the Devil himself. Hamas' attack against Israel caught everyone by surprise. Just one week ago President Biden's National Security Advisor said, "The Middle East region is quieter today than it has been in two decades. Then came Hamas' attack on Israel that, according to the Atlantic magazine, "could represent a paradigm-shifting moment as big as 9/11." And tragically, so far more than 1500 people have been killed in the conflict, with hundreds of others being captured and taken to Gaza as hostages.
So, how was the Hamas organization able to pull off such a successful surprise attack against a nation that is known as having the best intelligence and defense system in the world? There are many answers to that question. But the bottom line is that the attack followed two years of trickery that kept Hamas' military plans under wraps while convincing Israel that it wanted economic incentives for Gazan workers rather than conflict with Israel. All the while, Hamas' fighters were being trained and drilled, often in plain sight of Israel's most of the time watchful eyes.
What's happened in Israel reminds me of how the Devil is always trying to deceive God's people and always planning to launch his next attack against us. The Bible tells us that the Devil (sometimes called Lucifer or Satan) is the enemy of God and humankind, who is, according to Jesus, looking to "steal, kill and destroy" (John 10:10). The Apostle Paul wrote, "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11). And the Apostle Peter wrote, "Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). So, how do we protect ourselves against and overcome the Devil's attack? I actually addressed that question this past Saturday in the Breakout Session that I led in our DIFFERENCE-MAKERS Conference.