Like a mosquito to a bug zapper

I am often in the church kitchen, so much so that I frequently call it my office.  I will be in there today preparing Chicken Parmesan for tonight’s dinner.  Sometimes a fly will get in to the church kitchen, and I cannot stand flies.  Sometimes I get out a fly swatter.  Other times I turn off all the lights and open the kitchen door leaving the screen door closed.  99% of the time when I do this they fly will soon be buzzing against the screen.  I then open the screen and watch the fly go outside.  The flies cannot help themselves.  It is in their nature to go toward the light.  (It is certainly not the exit sign that attracts them.)  I know how to make the flies do what I want, which is to exit the kitchen.

Just like I know the nature of the flies to go toward the light, the Bible tells us that humans tend to head toward the dark, or what is wrong.  We are drawn to the wrong like a mosquito is drawn to a bug zapper.  And the enemy of God knows how to manipulate us to do what is wrong.  Yet, every once in a while someone breaks free from the snare of the enemy.  AW Tozer put it this way:

Of course, people resent any word reflecting on them, but every once in a while there appears an awakened soul. Some way or another this person got awake. Somehow God Almighty wakened him or her, whether by the crowing of the rooster or by the braying of Balaam’s donkey. This person ceases to be mediocre and somnolent and becomes a blazing, shining light.

To be aware of our natural inclination and to understand that our hearts cannot be trusted is half the battle.  If you can believe that last sentence, then perhaps you are or can be one of the awakened souls.  Colossians 3:1-2 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”  My prayer for you today is that you are not headed toward the devil’s traps, but instead that your soul has been or will be shaken and awakened and you are headed toward the light of Christ, seeking those things which are above.

I cannot get enough of Matt Maher singing “Awake my soul and sing…”  I offer it to you for a moment of worship.

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