17 Also, in those days the nobles of Judah were sending many letters to Tobiah, and replies from Tobiah kept coming to them. 18 For many in Judah were under oath to him, since he was son-in-law to Shekaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah. 19 Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds and then telling him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.” NIV

You might expect this chapter to end on a triumphant high with verse 16. But in a sense we travel from mountain top to valley bottom. The positioning of this is interesting. Whether or not it was the writer’s intention, it reminds me that as long as we live in this world, we will never be so ‘successful’ that there are no more battles to fight.

Furthermore, the most difficult struggles for the church are always those which arise from within. There always have been ‘false bretheren’ who, whilst appearing to be part of the true faith community, actively work against it from inside. They are a fifth column – potentially, a wooden horse in the city of Troy.

So, there will never be a single day in your life when you can afford to drop your guard, or leave your armour hanging up in the closet.

As I heard a Scottish preacher say years ago, ‘It’s a fight all the way, but fight on brother!’ By the grace of God we will.