Is someone pushing your buttons today?
You know, a certain person comes around and “pushes your buttons” and makes you lose control. You think it’s that person’s fault, right? Or maybe you blame yourself for the whole mess, that you’ve allowed them to get under your skin.
But what if there’s more going on behind the scenes? What if someone has been studying you; watching and listening to what drives you crazy, what gets on your nerves, what pushes you to the edge of yourself so you jump right over the line and stop being “you?”
It’s not just about the buttons that set you off, my friend, but the one pushing them. And I’m not talking about the person you might be thinking about who can sometimes be difficult…we all can be a little rough around the edges at times.
Satan, however, loves to be sneaky. If he can hide behind a big keyboard full of keys and buttons, knowing which one will set you off at precisely the right moment, he will. You see, when he does that he stops you from noticing whatever God had for you in that very moment or from being a part of God’s plan to bless someone else. Either way, Satan just destroyed the moment.
I imagine him leaning over a keyboard, rubbing his hands together, watching you as you’re running late to a doctor’s appointment or work. Satan waits, deciding which button to push. And when someone pulls out in front of you, drives dangerously slow, and then pulls off without a turn signal, he knows exactly which button to push: Anger. Oh he leans on it hard until it becomes this irritating, aggravating pitch in your head that lingers with you for the rest of the day. See there, he has stolen your joy too. Remember, Satan is also a thief.
Or maybe you’re struggling with money and after you pick up just a few essentials at the grocery store, your car won’t start. You didn’t even have enough money to buy a full gallon of milk and now this? Discouragement. That’s the label above the key Satan just pushed. You see, if he can get you thinking thoughts like, “I will never get ahead” or “This is impossible” then Satan wins. You break down worse than your car. He just killed your hope and you become someone manipulated by your emotions instead of being led by God. (Remember, God has a great plan for YOU and Satan does not want you to get anywhere near it.)
What do we do then? We go to God every time and ask Him to help us see behind the scenes; discernment. We shine the light of God’s truth on Satan like Jesus did in the desert and watch as the enemy slinks out of the dark corner and away from that keyboard he’s been hiding behind. And we refuse to be played by a liar, thief, and murderer.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV.)