Thought for the Week
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