When I was I kid, I watched the original black-and-white Godzilla movie with English subtitles. I didn’t like scary movies, but I reasoned that I could look upon this frightening monster from a safe distance of several thousand miles. After all, I was on the other side of the globe from Tokyo, Japan, where all those people were screaming and running for their lives.
What I didn’t realize then, but understand now, is that this gigantic lizard isn’t a fictional creature. This monster is real.
Here’s the back story. When paradise was lost, Godzilla was unleashed.
Huge and horrifying, untamed and unpredictable, Godzilla roams the earth wreaking havoc and causing devastation. In a beastly rage, he indiscriminately wrecks lives, and leaves a path of destruction in his wake.
He’s out there. We’ve seen him. Sometimes the scaly creature takes just a couple of swipes at us and lumbers away. Other times he reduces to rubble life as we knew it, and smashes the future that we had envisioned.
And if you’re like me, you’ve not only witnessed Godzilla outside, but you’ve encountered the Godzilla within. There are times when I am the one who is raging through my own life, knocking things over and terrorizing everyone in my path.
Whether we’re facing the Godzilla out there or the Godzilla inside, we can feel helpless to stop him, or even restrain him.
So, how do we face him?
Here’s the good news. The Overcomer has already faced him–and has taken him down. By giving Himself over to death for us, He struck a death blow to the great beast. Now, Godzilla staggers in a rage, in the knowledge of his mortal wound.
As we trust in the Overcomer, Godzilla ends up fighting against himself. While intending our ruin, he unwittingly works for our redemption. Though he is intent on destroying us, he is destined to see his own works destroyed.
In the victory of the Dragon-slayer, we can now face the fury of this scaly monster as conquerors. To help us stand our ground, the Overcomer has given us His promise. “In this world you will encounter Godzilla, but take heart. I have overcome Godzilla.”
In your life, when have you seen Godzilla fight against himself?