Joyce Meyer’s devotional for today is based on 1 Peter 5:9. I’d like to add verse 8:
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.9 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: 8-9
Verse 8 is a continuation of yesterday’s devotional, Our Cunning Escort. And it struck me how many times the Bible is warning me about the enemy. He is lurking behind me right now, waiting for an opportunity. And it is important to stress this so that I am aware of his presence. I hope those who read this are also aware.
The enemy uses all sorts of things – even nice things – in order to win us. Take for example a family who is struggling financially (ehem!). Okay. Take for example myself. When I was still jobless, I led a weekly cell group. My family and I were struggling financially. Sure, we can eat three times a day, but we barely had enough for when there is an emergency. When the kids get sick, we almost always borrow money from family.
I decided to go back to the workforce. I got hired almost instantly. Was this a blessing? At that time, yes it was. But the enemy has used this to his advantage. I don’t have the energy to lead a cell group anymore. I can find time, because my work schedule is flexible. But everyday, after work, I feel drained.
So there is an example of how the enemy can use a nice thing – my job – to his advantage.
I’ve asked God this question countless times already. Why me? Why do I have to go through this? Why do I have to be torn between my job and my ministry?
In verse 9, it says that all believers are undergoing the same things that I am going through – temptations, financial problems, worldly desires. Some believers may even be going through worst things – things that I’m sure I can’t bear if they happened to me.
And some believers are handling it perfectly by giving it all to God. As Joyce Meyer said, they have mastered the art of suffering in silence. So yeah, I need to stop whining.
Today’s verse is telling me to stop looking at myself. I’m not the only Christian who is torn between the earthly and heavenly treasures. I’m not the first Christian to fall into the enemy’s trap, and surely I won’t be the last.
I just have to give all these to God. Let Him take the wheel (beautiful song). I’ll be still and know that He is God (powerful song).