Late yesterday afternoon I decided to do some fishing from the end of my dock. I had not done that for over three years. I simply enjoy fishing, but most fish caught are tossed back into the lake so they might live to fight another day.
Within an hour I had caught and released several fish. Among them were a walleye, three largemouth bass, and two chunky bluegills. However, one of the bass suffered injuries so extensive it would not survive.
After reeling the bass near to the end the dock, in the clear water I spotted a huge northern pike cruising silently like a submarine. The pike was quickly closing in behind the bass as it struggled for freedom. Just as I was about to lift my catch from the water, the pike suddenly and viciously attacked my two pound bass. With a death grip its toothy jaws clamped around the sides of the helpless bass. I'm sure that visions of a tasty dinner were dancing through that pike's pea-sized brain.
However, when the perpetrator felt the resistance from my fishing line, it released its prey and quickly left the crime scene. A brief examination of the bass revealed that the pike’s razor sharp teeth had ripped the flesh away from both sides of my fish. The wounds were deep and fatal.
Then, I began to think about that bass living in a world where its existence requires that it constantly be on high alert status for predators willing and able to destroy it at any time. Just imagine if we lived in such a world!
But wait! We do! Predators are all around us. If we don’t remain vigilant, they will attempt to tear away our means of survival – and even steal our eternal soul.
The Bible teaches that very thing. It warns that the devil is lurking nearby, and is always attempting to attack us in ways and at times we do not expect. If we are not watchful and prepared, his efforts will surely succeed.
1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
We are surrounded on all sides by the evil of this world - often presented using clever words from seemingly God-fearing men. Do not be deceived, for the spiritual attacks we face each day are battles for our very soul.
I fear that many have been deceived, and are being blindly led down the wide road that Satan's world offers to them. They have been hooked by the lies used to lure them away from the Lord. Many are trapped in the devil’s net and do not realize it. Does that describe you? Do you even know?
We must hold on tight to that which is good, but it cannot be done alone. It is only through the power of God's Word...prayer...and a personal relationship with Him, that we can stand firm and be strengthened to guard our hearts and thoughts.
Ephesians 6:11-12 KJV
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
With God leading the way, the victory is ours...for we have His sure promise that the devil will flee from us.