Recently, I observed something strange while mowing my lawn. I was about to write unnatural, but to be truly strange it would actually have to be entirely natural. The world we live in is often inexplicable. But I digress.
I saw a magpie and a cat. At first glance, the cat was biding its time underneath our spruce tree for an opportune moment to pounce. But second glance corrected me. The cat was hiding, trying to escape the magpie. The magpie was squawking and chasing the cat. I smiled. The cat finally had enough, turned tail and retreat to a neighbor’s yard.
Looks, especially first looks, can be deceiving. You would think the odds would be on the one with the weight advantage, the retractable claws and predator’s body. It’s surprising how much can be accomplished by standing your ground and making some noise.
How much more then Christian can you expect when you stand your ground, relying on the power of God?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
You might be intimidated. Facing down the devil. Knowing better believers than you have fallen before. You are right, not taking it lightly.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
But know that other believers stand with you in prayer. Know that it is not all up to you. You don’t need to squawk louder. Rather stand firm in your faith in Jesus Christ.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:9
Lord, you are a shield around. My rock and my fortress.