Something was terribly wrong! It was a beautiful, sunny day, but I couldn’t help noticing the stream of African pastors coming and going from our home. My father ran in and out of the house again and again, but without saying a word. There was great tension in the air, but what was wrong?
After a couple of hours, my mother called all five of us children together. The look on her face revealed deep distress. “Children,” she began, “something very terrible has happened. We, as a family, have been ordered to leave the country within forty-eight hours! You will only be able to take one small bag with you, so get your most precious belongings together.” We couldn’t believe our ears! What had my parents done wrong? They were missionaries who were a tremendous blessing to the Kenyan people, often making great sacrifices to further the work of God. Why was this happening? Was this an attack from the devil?
Satan uses every opportunity he can to harm the people of God. If you analyze the decrees made against the people of God in the Bible, you will realize that many of them were carefully designed to destroy the lineage of Christ, the Messiah—to prevent all of mankind from getting saved. In the book of Esther, all Jews were to be annihilated. In the books of Kings, the lineage of David was once reduced to only one little boy named Joash (2 Kings 11:2). If he had been killed, all hope for humanity would have been snuffed out.
We need to understand that, in all our struggles, we are not really the target; God is. The devil’s strategy is: hurt the son to get at the father. The attacks of the devil in your life are always aimed at God, and almost always try to neutralize or completely disable a vibrant witness for Christ. He wants to stop God’s purposes in your life! This means, when you are under attack, it is not your battle but the LORD’S!!! The Bible says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12; NIV). We recognized that that day that this was God’s battle and only HE could keep us in Kenya.
A certain tribesman, who did not like the tribe my parents were ministering to, had influenced one of the politicians to expel my parents from Kenya. But when the local pastors heard of the deadline, they quickly sent a delegation to the office of the President. The Vice President of Kenya at that time, who later became the President, made a ruling stating, “Martin Franz will stay in Kenya!” My father was placed under his protection and served a total of thirty-nine years on the mission field.
God had stood true to His word: “‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17; NIV).
The battle is the LORD’S!