Absolute Dependence

9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude).

That Michael “disputed with the devil” concerning “the body of Moses” is a true statement, though its reference is nowhere found in the Old Testament. That its meaning is a mystery to us is also true, since we have nothing else to go on in the Scriptures concerning that event, and thus are left with only conjecture as to its explanation.

But the greatest takeaway from this verse is the plain truth that no one, not even “Michael the archangel,” can stand against the devil in his own strength. If an archangel himself is completely dependent upon the Lord, how much more are we frail children of dust!

Lord, thank You for this reminder of our absolute dependence upon You. Help us This Day to walk like it. Amen.