If you’re fighting the flu, it’s hard to fight off other infections. Your physical defenses are down.
The same is true when your spiritual defenses are down. You haven’t been praying, pushing God off to the side thinking you’ll talk to Him later, and reading the Bible? Well you’re too busy for that.
Until something hits you hard. Maybe not a tragedy but something comes along and aggravates you and your patience melts like an ice cube on a hot sidewalk leaving you foaming at the mouth in anger and narrowing your focus to the problem and the impossibility of fixing it or figuring it out.
You’ve just been caught in a trap, my friend. Remember the cartoon where a loop of rope is hidden under a pile of leaves to catch the unsuspecting rabbit?
Well here you are, the rabbit, hanging upside down from a tree just kicking and flailing and totally stuck. Before long you run out of kick and you just dangle there. You’re plumb tuckered out. The blood is rushing to your head and now you’re forced to hang there and think about what just happened. If you would have paid attention, you would have seen those sneaky eyes peeking out from behind the tree watching you and waiting in the darkness to pounce on you when your defenses were down. But you were too busy. Too busy for God and too busy to be alert.
Of course the enemy comes out from hiding, smiling at you and laughing this sickening laugh that makes your skin want to peel off and crumble. He’ll start talking to you while you’re hanging there, telling you you’re defeated, and he’s got you now. He’ll remind you of the fit of rage you just had, and he’ll smirk when he tells you he caused that whole situation. He’ll laugh when he tells you how this time, you really messed up and it’s too late to turn back to God now. Yes, he’ll even remind you how you were pushing God away because you were too busy. And he’ll ask you why you think God would want anything to do with you now.
My friend, it’s time to cut through those lies with the truth of God’s word that’s hidden in your heart:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV.)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV.)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV.)
Speak His Word with authority from the core of your spirit and watch as those words slice right through that rope like the sword that it is. And don’t worry about the fall. That pile of leaves? Satan may have used them to disguise his trap, but God will use them to cushion your fall.
So stand up, brush those leaves off, and turn your back on that lying enemy, and press on. And after you thank God for that rescue, ask Him to forgive you for pushing Him aside and ask Him to help you make Him your number one priority. When you do, everything else will fall into place. And you’ll know the next time there’s a trap up ahead.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11 NIV.)