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Soul Bandits

Our days are filled with intrigue, wonder, and disaster–with moments of unfettered discovery and regret. Just when we think we have found life’s sweet spot, dark echoes remind us of our plight–that we are tenuously passing through the valley of the shadow of death, where soul bandits steal and maim in broad daylight!

“How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, ‘We have defeated him!’ Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall” (Psalm 13:2-4, NLT).

Imps of Destruction

I am sickened by the sort of destruction that pummel the innocent. They gleefully spray bullets of cancer, divorce, war, poverty, earthquakes, tornados, sex trafficking, and political imbecility. They have stolen our joy and turned it into the depths of despair!

Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10, NLT).

When the Daystar arises with healing in his wings and shines his light with righteous intensity into every crook and cranny of the night, everything will change. The tables will be turned when the robbers are robbed of their freedom to inflict hurt.

Deliverance

“Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life” (Psalm 23:4-6, The Message).

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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