A more opportune time

This morning as I walked toward my car there was a robin near it.  The robin flew away when I got close and I saw a worm the robin was playing with.  When I left the robin went back to the worm.  I thought about moving the worm from the asphalt to the grass, but the robin was watching me.  I could have brought the worm into the church going out another door to put the worm in grass somewhere else in order to save the worm, but now I sound ridiculous.

The bird left until a more opportune time.  That is that the Bible says about the devil after he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Luke 4:13), that he left Jesus until another opportune time.  I heard someone say one time that if you could say anything good about the devil it is this:  He is not lazy.  He is a liar and thief.  He is a fraud and a poacher.  “1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

I always say that God is always at work.  So is His enemy.  Today’s blog is just a reminder to get your rest, read your Bible, say your prayers, go to church.  James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  But like that robin with his eye on the worm, he is never far away.

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One Response to A more opportune time

  1. umpastordave says:

    So true. That verse in Luke has stuck in my mind for years. We read the Temptation narrative in Matthew and Mark and we tend to think that Satan just gave up on Jesus. He didn’t, and neither does he give up on trying to make us stumble. I once heard a wise person reply to the comment made by a man who said, “The devil won’t attack my marriage because my marriage is strong.” The wise reply was, “You had better be careful, for if you leave your marriage unguarded, that is exactly where the devil will attack.” Thanks for the reminder to rest, read, pray and worship.

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