Two weeks ago during church while the Epistle Lesson was being read, my niece Stephanie and I became distracted. Out of the corner of our eyes we noticed movement on the floor. Yes, it was one of those icky, hairy, scary spiders. Not your little, itsy, bitsy spider that crawls up the water spout, but a spider that makes your skin crawl. The spider continued his journey under the pew and disappeared from our sight. Where was he? What was he up to? Was he waiting to crawl on a sandaled foot and prompt a scream during church? Wouldn't that have been interesting! Steph and I immediately lifted our feet off the ground and held them up, and of course looking to see where this spider was going to end up. All the while we were missing the reading. After the Epistle came the Gospel reading and of course we had to put our feet down and stand up. We kept looking for that darn spider. I asked Steph "would it be wrong to squish a spider in church?" We were so caught up in that spider that we missed hearing God's Word. I thought about that later in the day. Isn't that just like Satan... to distract us so we don't hear God. We were so worried about what that spider would do to us that we didn't hear what God wanted us to hear!
~ 1 Peter 5:8 - 9a Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith...
I wasn't alert, I was distracted. Satan is prowling around looking to distract and devour us. We must resist satan's distractions. We must also resist being so focused on finding satan and what he's up to that we lose focus on God. Be alert, be steeped with the Spirit to discern what is God and what is satan. Do we become so vigilent in watching for Satan that we forget to focus on Jesus and miss what God wants for us? Are we so worried about whent the next attack will come that we become paralyzed with fear?
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7
Satan will continue to prowl, he will continue to distract us that we can be sure of. What we can also be sure of is this: God won, God wins and with God we win! Be alert not distracted! The Lord your God is on your side!
Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Doggie Mom, REALTOR, Cyclist, Gardener...
I love to share my home, my heart and my faith.
As I journey with the Lord through this earthly life it is my prayer that I come to know Him deeper and deeper each and every day.