Psalms 11:2 describes how the devil lies in wait to ambush the innocent. “for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart”. Were it not for the Lord, who fights for us, moments like these would surely accomplish what they are designed to do. Swallow us whole.
While the Christian is not exempt from the realities of living in a fallen world, we do have a mighty weapon. Calvary.
Because of Calvary, sin is no longer my master for I am now under grace. (Romans 6:12) The power of any sin committed against me, or the power of any sin that I have committed has been shattered. The wages of sin is death but my ransom has been paid with the blood of Christ. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
At Calvary, I am humbled. Though it may be that I suffered as an innocent party, I am by no means an innocent woman. God struck the only innocent one with the wrath that I deserved. The holy and righteous fury that was poured out on Jesus was supposed to be for me.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
He has lifted up the light of his face upon me at Calvary and because of his tender mercies, I am saved.
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20b).