Daily Devotional

July 12, 2018

The Bugler’s Dilemma

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. – Revelation 12:12

Enemy armies surrounded the Emperor Napoleon, or at least that is how the story goes. Defeat was certain! So he called his bugler. “Quick, Bugler, we don’t stand a chance. Sound retreat!” “But Sir,” the bugler responded, “I don’t even know how to play retreat. I haven’t sounded retreat in my life!” “Well then, play something that sounds like retreat!” Napoleon commanded. So, Napoleon’s bugler sounded, “Charge!”

The enemy general, on hearing the bugle blast, cried, “Napoleon is charging!” He called his bugler, “Quick, Bugler, we don’t stand a chance against Napoleon. Sound, retreat!” And that bugler did know how to play retreat. So what would have been complete victory on the part of Napoleon’s enemies ended in defeat as they retreated in panic!

In case you haven’t noticed, we are engaged in a spiritual battle with the devil. He wants to see us retreating in panic this very day. Satan, as a roaring lion, may be facing you as you read this little article. You may feel surrounded and see no way through to victory. However, the devil’s problem, and your advantage, is that at Calvary, Christ has not only already won the battle you are facing today, but also the entire war! Victory not only can be, but already is yours, through the Blood of Jesus Christ!

Quickly now, sound “charge,” and not “retreat.” Put the devil to flight!