“The wicked prowl on every side
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.”
— Psalm 12:8
Much of what we have come to understand about the time in which we live – its meaning in an end-time context, and its specific meaning for the individual – is perceived intimately in each heart, on the basis of personal revelation of God’s Word.
One aspect of an end-time perspective is that evil and wicked men will increasingly prey upon regions and nations with a vengeance, as though the final contest between good and evil were being weighed once and for all, for all time.
That portrayal, in fact, explains precisely the hardship our world is experiencing; and, despite the reality of the hardship “of every side”, the Believer has sufficiency in every way—more of the Lord in our lives and more of His Word proven in our hearts so that we rise above it all to stand in stark contrast to even the darkest of settings. We excel ito exalt the Lord… “among the sons of men!”
Remarkably, our warfare is accomplished by the simplest of truths—the words of the mouth hold death and life, and the thoughts of the heart rise to determine the outcome. The earth is the Lord’s, along with everything it contains. Satan is god only to those who follow his lead but the Believer is possessor of wisdom’s warfare—purity sees as God sees.