I live abroad. Recently I travelled back to my home country. I didn’t know that I was about to be awestruck by a surprise. One of my dearest saved nieces; someone I hold in one of the warmest parts of my heart had fallen into sin. This happened somewhere in 2005/2006.
I was hurt!
First: how could she do something like that?
Second: how could she keep it away from me all that time? I had to go back home to find out for myself.
I realised that though I teach forgiveness and have myself forgiven people who have done some very mean things a person can ever do to another, it is not an easy thing depending on how close you are with someone; how much you trusted the person and the kind of “betrayal” the person puts you through. I have forgiven her but that hasn’t taken away the puzzle that keeps on running in my mind: How could she do such a thing? Didn’t she see it coming?
And that is the issue—the real question! Didn’t you see it coming?
When things catch up with us without seeing them come, we are prone to fall. The first recorded sin in the Bible was mooted as an ambush. The devil assumed the form of a snake (or did he possess an ‘innocent’ snake?). This was not without a purpose. The devil is most effective when he sneaks into the neighbourhood and launch his diabolic assaults to an unsuspecting victim.
Satan assumed the form of a snake so that he could sneak into the Garden of Eden. If they saw him come, Adam and Eve could have started thinking and preparing for him, maybe asking the question: What is he up to?
There are some kinds of sins that, ‘understandably’ can sneak into our life, but there are some that if we are serious believers we have to see them approaching unless we fall into spiritual slumber.
But the idea is that whether the devil sneaks like snake or masquerades/disguises himself as an angel of light, we need to be alert and watchful that he doesn't deceive us in any way.
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Daniel, this is so true. Like the one who stands at his post of duty through the night, we, too must be alert. The enemy is only doing what he knows to do, and we should do no less. God bless! I pray your niece has gotten back on track.