The Invisible Enemy

Keith Pate

Invisible things in our present world widely vary and impact our lives daily. Such things may include: Radio signals, TV signals, Cell Phones, Wireless and even “invisible fences” for pets.

The fence is not the traditional post and wire structure. Here is how it works. (Taken from an actual advertisement).

Hidden fences are created by burying a ‘boundary wire’ a few inches underground around your property. The buried wire carries a harmless, low level radio signal from a transmitter installed in your house or garage. Your pet wears a lightweight, waterproof receiver collar that recognizes the radio signal. As your pet approaches the buried wire, the receiver collar emits a warning signal (audible or vibration). If your pet travels further, he will receive a mild but safe stimulation (also called a “correction”) from the receiver collar. Through a training program, your pet learns to recognize his fence boundaries and learns to stop at the warning signal.

Beyond fences, radio, tv and telecommunications there is an invisible enemy at work around our globe today, Covid-19 (Coronavirus). It is present among us, yet unseen. Its threat is real and its subterfuge a daunting threat to our social, political, economic and physical well-being. As of my writing today we have 830 confirmed cases of the virus in our state. A number that has exploded over the past 3-5 days.

The enemy among us is wicked. Its vast and most potent attack is upon those who are the weakest in our society: the elderly, immune deficient, those with breathing disorders, etc. Although, there are cases that have taken the lives of children and young people according to recent reports as well.

Coronavirus threatens our nation and has brought us to an unprecedented moment in modern history.  Its invisible workings boost its intimidation. Even the wisest of our leaders in the medical and political world are flummoxed in how to adequately contain and eliminate the threat. How do we respond to this dark predator?

As I walked one morning this week the words to a great hymn of our faith came to mind. Words that should bolster our spirits. Read them through prayerfully a few times then listen to the link and sing along with Steve Green.

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
By: Walter Chambers Smith (1824-1908)

Immortal, Invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Un-resting, un-hasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!
-Steve Green Recording

We rest in the INVISIBLE GOD who is greater than our invisible enemy. Be encouraged further by the Apostle Paul’s final charge to young Timothy in I Timothy 6:11-16 (NIV)

Final Charge to Timothy
1But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen

The Immortal, Invisible God is on the throne! To Him be honor and glory. Take heart, He is our stronghold.

Pastor Keith

Keith Pate About Keith Pate

Keith is originally from Castleberry, AL in Conecuh County. He joined Eastern Hills as Minister of Music in January of 2005 from Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.