As I continue to read in 2 Samuel I see that David is once again running for his life. This time it’s his own son Absalom who wants him dead. Absalom was a wicked, sneaky man who set his plan in motion by playing the part of a good guy. (Read 2 Samuel 15) Then after he got the people on his side, he made his move. He made himself king.
That’s a picture of Satan. If his only means of getting us to follow him was by using his pitchfork, he’d be easy to recognize and resist. But he comes playing the part of an innocent. He whispers in our ears and makes sin seem harmless, desirable.
“One drink won’t hurt.”
“One peek at pornography is no big deal.”
“One lie, one dirty joke, skipping church just once can’t hurt anything.”
But all addictions begin with “one”. All habits begin with doing that thing the first time.
Soon Satan quits whispering in our ears and makes his move. And we are caught up in something that is meant to destroy our souls.
David ran for his life and we should, too. “Flee youthful lusts.” Think on things that are true, lovely, right. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” “Put on the whole armor of God.”
Do you take Satan seriously? Do you understand that he is actively working in your life to make you his own? David took Absalom seriously. We could learn from his example.
Heavenly Father, I pray for your people today. May we not ignore Satan’s subtle attempts to destroy our souls. May we recognize sin and be quick to repent of it. May we guard our hearts and minds. And if there are those reading this who are caught up in addictions and habits that keep them from a right relationship with you, I pray that they will look to you for strength and healing. Give wisdom. Give direction. I pray for victories today.