There is a simple verse missed by many of its potency in the story of Jesus healing the demoniac. My prison is truly nothing compared with what bound this man. He was possessed of thousands of demons. He became so violent that he was chained by the locals. He was mad and having broken his fetters lived in the rocky wilderness, naked, isolated, feared, and alone.
Jesus arrives on the scene mild mannered but not impotent. He confronts this man’s problem directly. The demons have no ignorance of Christ authority or His power. They know Him as Lord of all. They for reasons not discussed here know they are going to be forced by one greater to make their exit from plaguing this man. They seek permission to enter a herd of swine. Permission was granted.
What amazes me about that simple truth is how it can speak to any situation. Imagine the devils seeking to cause you to lose your home. They have to address your Lord. Permission granted! A Judge wishes to misuse his power upon me. What say ye Christ? Permission granted! Nothing befalls us excepting the Lord’s permission. For His good pleasure and reason to His delight He allows. Fret not over your troubles. Remember who granted permission. Our enemies are not superior. Only tools in the hands of authority. Trust Him who values you enough to liberate while destroying the pigs around you.