The quiet of early morning was broken suddenly by numerous loud distress calls from robins at the back of our house. The usual calm of their early morning routine – feeding, bathing and teaching their young, had been disturbed by the arrival of three large crows, and further investigation revealed the cause of the alarm calls – the crows had one of the baby robins! The crows – dark and menacing, determined and much larger than the robins, had destroyed another little innocent in their quest for domination and appeased appetites, whatever the cost. They must seem to be akin to ‘black devils’ in the bird world – loud and dangerous.
God must be similarly distressed, when He loses one of us to sin: with its immense power to draw us into its destructive darkness; it pervades and tears apart innocent hearts and minds, leaving nothing but a few scraps of our former self; our spirit undermined, and our credibility often shattered because we were led astray or abducted by a destructive power, much stronger than ourselves.
God outlines very clearly, in the Bible, a very strong warning that we should pay attention to at all times, together with a direction to protect ourselves with His armour each day, to be prepared for the fiery ‘arrows’ of the devil and his minions.
1 Peter 5:8 ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’.
Ephesians 6:10 – 17 ….. let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Put on all the armour that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above. So put on all the armour that God gives. Then when that evil day comes (the present or the day of judgment), you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm. Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armour. Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the spirit.
So, please understand that evil (as well as good) is all around us, and so each day we need to be very aware of our surroundings and the people with whom we come into contact. Many are good and kind and mean us no harm, but there are those who have dark minds and intentions, and because they have no conscience regarding harm they do to others, we need to be ‘on our guard’, and learn to be discerning and wise – lest we also, fall prey to a dark, menacing and powerful person with destructive thoughts and intentions.
Prayer: Abba, let us always stay close to You. Protect us from all that is not safe. Help us to humbly submit to Your Love and direction and develop Your discernment and wisdom. We don Your armour willingly, knowing that it will protect us from all that is not of You. Amen.