Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Primary Ones -

A small boy came home from school look­ing dis­tinctly bedrag­gled, bat­tered and bruised – or, at least, even more than usual.

His fa­ther asked him what on earth had hap­pened. “Well, it’s like this, Dad” replied the lad, “I chal­lenged Wil­lie to a duel, and – silly me! - I gave him his choice of weapon.” “Fair enough”, replied the puz­zled par­ent, “but how did that get you into THIS mess?”

“Well,” replied the wounded soldier,” I never thought he’d choose his big sis­ter!”

Ah, be­ware the en­emy you don’t see – the one who doesn’t chal­lenge you face to face, but creeps up from be­hind!

Some­one once fa­mously re­marked that the best day’s work the Devil ever did was to per­suade peo­ple that he – not God- didn’t ex­ist.

How­ever, any­one who has a sav­ing, liv­ing re­la­tion­ship with God through Je­sus Christ is never left in any doubt that the Devil DOES ex­ist!

His very name means “ad­ver­sary”, “ac­cuser”, or “coun­sel for the Pros­e­cu­tion”; the per­son who lures us into sin­ful thoughts and ac­tions, and hav­ing snared us, ac­cuses us be­fore the very God whose ul­ti­mate au­thor­ity and truth he’s try­ing to un­der­mine!

Neat, sub­tle and ac­com­plished –not to be un­der­es­ti­mated – that’s the devil in a nut­shell. That’s why he was so des­per­ate to get in at the very be­gin­ning of Je­sus’ min­istry, to try and di­vert Him from the true course of His sav­ing mis­sion. (Matthew 4 vv 1-11).

That’s also why John, in his first let­ter (Chap­ter 3 v 8) re­minds us that the rea­son the Son of God came in the first place was to de­stroy the Devil’s work.

So, in an eter­nal per­spec­tive, as well as an im­me­di­ate one, it’s vi­tal to be on the REAL win­ning side. Alan Rae­burn Ruther­glen Old Parish Church Locum

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