This probably won’t shock anyone, but I am kind of a nerd. I was recently reading The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and I came across a part/quote that really struck me. I would call SPOILER ALERT, but considering the book has been out since before 99% of you readers were born, I don’t think I need to call it.
The company is in the wilderness and about to head up the mountain to face the dragon, Smaug. They are discouraged and they really have no plan as to how the leader, Thorin Oakenshield, these dwarves, and one little hobbit will take on this beast of a dragon. The quote that struck me is this:
“It was much easier to believe in the dragon, and less easy to believe in Thorin in these wild parts.”
This totally hit home for me. How often do we believe the lies of this world, our peers, and our enemy, rather than the truth of God and His Word?
The quote is appropriate too because the bible does refer to our enemy as an old dragon.
He knows how to tempt us, trick us, sometimes even give us just enough truth in the lie, so that we can really believe it. In the book it talks about how people gets confused when hearing dragon speak.
1 Peter 5:8 says it well: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
This isn’t a scare tactic, it is pure truth. He has come to steal kill and destroy. The easiest way is starting with our minds. Whispering half-truths or worse to get us doubting, downtrodden, and discouraged.
Here is some good news:
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” John 16:33
Jesus is the Word, He has been since the beginning. We must be in the Word, in Christ, clinging to HIS promises and HIS truths. He is always with us and will never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5
He is with us even unto the ends of the age. Matthew 28:20
No, In all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
It is easy in the hard times to believe what we see of and hear from our circumstances or our adversary. Believe and stand on the promises of God, because the old dragon is already slain even though we can’t see it!