I joined my son in tubing down the Greenbrier a few weeks ago. Walk up, ride down, and repeat. As we walked up once, I saw a water snake hiding in the grass. It headed upstream as we got closer.
My son weren’t fighting the current that day, or the rocks just under the tubes…that wasn’t what we really needed to worry about…and that wasn’t I was watching out for. I was looking out of the corner of my eye for what I knew was unseen.
Eph. 6:12 says that we are fighting evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. We aren’t fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but things we can’t see.
Therefore, we need to put on our armor so we will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle we will still be standing firm. (The armor is described in Eph. 6:14-17) And we are to PRAY in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion and stay alert!
My son didn’t even realize that I had been keeping an eye out the entire time. Having grown up in the waters of WV, I knew that a snake was most definitely lurking in there somewhere. They blend in so well, you can’t see them until you’re right up on them or they move.
I stopped my son, and we let it get well ahead of us before we continued. The truth is that the snake had been there all along, hiding in the shallows, and we had gone by it at least 12 times.
I was definitely staying alert on that river. I knew there was enemy somewhere. So, when I saw it, I was able to protect us.
We also have an unseen enemy, who is skilled at keeping us worrying about all the wrong things, and we need to stay alert and keep praying, so God can give us that same pause and wisdom I had when I saw my enemy. He can, and He will. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
This song came on during my worship time this morning, and fits perfectly to this thought. The waves and wind still know His name…He is still in control…and is still greater than he that is in this world. If we keep our eyes on Him, it will be well with our souls.
I hope you can take a few moments sometime to today and worship the One who is still in control of all things, and gives you the shield of faith to stop all the fiery arrows of the devil! Our enemy will never be stronger than our Lord.
Pray and stand firm,