Posted: Feb 24, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

24 is by far one of the most compelling shows on television. If you haven’t seen it, Keifer Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer. On the show, Jack Bauer is an agent with the counter terrorist unit or CTU. The outfit is located in Los Angeles, California and is responsible for keep the country safe from acts of terrorism. Each season of 24 consists of 24 one hour episodes and takes place in real time. So if the season started at 7:00 am it would end after the 24th epidode at 6:59 am. During this span of 24 hours, all kinds of crazy and unexpected things happen. 24 is currently airing it’s 7th season and while some characters have come and gone, Jack Bauer has been there for every single one. For Jack, it seems as though if something can go wrong, it will. During the past 7 years on the show, Jack has lost his family, been tortured numerous times, been kidnapped by the Chinese, been legally pronounced dead twice as well as countless other life altering events. Jack Bauer, although a fictional and made up character, has almost become a hero to many in real life. His no nonsense attitude as well as his intense loyalty to his country make him a compelling story worthy of support. Last night, as I was watching the latest episode of season 7 with some friends, I was literally on the edge of my seat. The constant action, as well as frequent plot turns make for one incredible hour of t.v. every single Monday night. After the show was over last night, I began to reflect on the old adage that says…”when it rains, it pours.” If there has ever been a story about a person’s life story that gradually goes from bad to worse, it’s Jack Bauer. Yet in the midst of all of the difficulty, he continues to remain focused on his objective of keeping the United States of America safe at all costs to himself. While I know this is just a story, I find it to be a great learning point for us as Christians. There is a well known passage of scripture found in the 6th chapter of Epheisians in regards to the armor of God. This gives us great insight on what we are to do as believers to prepare ourselves for the battles we face. Ephesians 6 tells us that we do not battle against flesh and blood but rather against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. We are instructed to take up things such as God’s righteousness as our body armor, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God and so on. Ephesians 6 also says the following in regards to the battles that we face.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then”.

I love that! When you have done all you can do to stand, stand firm then. Sometimes it seems as if the world is bombarding us from every direction. And just like Jack Bauer, things seem to go from bad to worse in what seems like no time. We are living in difficult days and let us not forget that there is a very real enemy out there that is poised to strike. We need to prepare ourselves. Just as Jack Bauer fights for the cause of freedom, we to stand in the face of difficulty knowing that Jesus is with us always. I leave you with the chorus of a famous gospel song:

“He never promised that the cross would not get heavy, that the hill would not be hard to climb. He never promised our victiories without fighting but He said help would always come in time. So just remember when your standing in the valley of decision, and the adversary says give in, just hold on. Our Lord will show up and he will take you through the fire again.”

This week, when it seems as though you have done all you can do to stand, stand firm then!

With Expectancy!