It started with a pine tree sliding down the side of the house due to heavy snowfall that was preceded with rain. Eventually as the tree found more resistance, the tree broke off and peaked into living room. Not something I was expecting from the beautiful snow. My attention got diverted from my work for the rest of the day to address what happen. Contacting friends to help resulted in about two hours later having a portion of the branch taken off the side of the house, and a handy, right sized piece of dry wall board, secured to the living room wall.
Isn’t that what the Devil does? He plays peak-a-boo, see if where our focus is at, see if we will divert our attention over to him. He’s hiding until an opportune time. He might use something mundane as a four-legged friend wanting to get into your lap. Or present something you really like in your Facebook feed. On the other hand he might use an email you weren’t expecting. One might be fun and harmless, while the other might cause unwanted stress and frustration.
As a believer in Christ I need to work at resisting the Devil
James 4:7-8 “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world”.
1 Peter 5:8” Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
Divided loyalty opens the door to a peak-a-boo moment, or two, or many moments.
Would you be able to recognize if it’s just a tree or the devil trying to get you attention?