No Coincidence: I See A Pattern
I’ll never forget a lady coming up to me after a worship service. She said, “Pastor Craig, the devil doesn’t have but a few outfits. Figure out what he is wearing and recognize it.” While I never heard it put that way before it made a lot of sense. The devil really is rather predictable if you’re staying alert to his patterns.
For instance, he looks for any way he can to deceive, discourage, and destroy you. He preys on your weakest areas for sure. He takes life’s most stressful moments then heaps more rocks on top of you. He is hoping it shatters your faith, steals your joy, and makes you believe there is no hope.
I’ve noticed a pattern every Saturday night. It’s the only night I need sleep the most before I head out to preach on Sunday morning. Is it coincidence or the enemy looking for a window to pounce? It never fails that I can’t even count one sheep or depend on my meds to put me to sleep like normal. As I sit here in this tub I’m reminded it’s a spiritual battle. One that is won on your praying knees not by human efforts.
So, here I go again recognizing the enemy and running to my savior. Lord have mercy on my body. Settle my mind, body, nerves and soul so I can rest.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8