“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
My son, Eric, and I were recently on vacation at the Jersey Shore. I absolutely love road tripping with Eric! This trip he introduced me to electroswing music, taught me about teleportation and, as usual, was amused when I took a few wrong turns (which, by the way, I always do!)
We were about an hour into our trip when we decided to stop to stretch and grab some drinks. Before pulling out, I realized that I forgot the cooler at home! I had meticulously packed all of our cold food and drinks for the hotel the night before.
As Eric and I walked out of the house that morning, after loading the car, he proudly declared, “Mom, we are a well-oiled machine!” Apparently, not so much!
I told Eric “No worries!” about the cooler, that we would stop at the grocery store when we arrived. I ended the conversation by stating, that “the devil is not going to ruin our vacation!” Eric’s response was that he finds it hard to believe that any supernatural being would concern itself with our vacation. Oh, what a mistake it is to think that way!
Hurricane Jose decided to join us on the second day of our vacation. It didn’t rain until later that afternoon, but the wind was really strong. We weren’t able to actually sit on the beach, but were able to walk out on the pier and have some fun taking video and pictures of us fighting the wind! We stopped at a playground and I rode the swing, I skipped my way along the pier and was just being generally goofy while enjoying my time away, despite the weather. (God bless Eric, who is very tolerant of my silliness!)
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10 NKJV) That doesn’t just mean the big stuff…our finances, health, and relationships. He loves nothing more than to steal our joy, kill our dreams and destroy our happiness. Eric couldn’t be more wrong in his assumption that the enemy doesn’t care about the little stuff. Satan works in ways, both big and small, to make us miserable.
My cousin, Leigh, always said, “Satan is a punk! Tell him to get lost!” The beautiful thing is that as Christians, he has no real power over us and we can tell him to hit the road! (James 4:7 NKJV)
My favorite song at the moment is “Not Today” by Hillsong United. (You can check out the music video here) The chorus is “Let the devil know not today!” It’s somewhat cocky and rightfully so because Jesus already won and we know how the story ends!
It is my prayer this week that you all remember who you are in Christ and that He came to give you not only eternal Salvation, but also an abundant earthly life. We cannot always control our circumstances but we always have control over how we respond to them.
Let the devil know not today…not now, not ever again.