Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! An expatriate always prefers certain things from the old culture, some from the new. I do love the way American Thanksgiving initiates several weeks of holiday celebration. A great plan that we can now participate it…Thanks! And on to my post:
There is so much to marvel at concerning the ways of God. Unfortunately, that can also be said, in an upside – down way, about the ways of Satan. We have a South African friend who told us of an old woman widely recognized as singularly wise in the Christian community of his youth. He desired to grow in his faith, and went to her for advice. Her words were simple. “Know the ways of Satan.”
Now obviously, she didn’t mean to delve into evil. We all know that is not good or wise, and are told particularly in Scripture to think on the true, the noble, the good etc. But the point I am sure she was making is to take to heart the biblical and life lessons you learn about the evil one. What does it mean that he is a liar, a roaring lion seeking to destroy, a murderer from the beginning? What does this mean about the world of men whose father is Satan? What about the world of Christians where tares can be planted,and where even the most godly fall prey to elements of satanic thought? We have to be so wary, so wise, so discerning!
Like you, I have tried to be faithful in this area. But, as God’s goodness continues to surprise me, so does the bitter enmity of the evil one toward all that is good. Even after forty-plus years. Let me tell you a little about what is going on.
It has been on my mind for several years to begin to write. I pondered different possible avenues for doing this, and settled on blogging as the best way to share the lessons I have learned over my lifetime. I did so with hesitation, as I have seen a pattern I am sure you are familiar with, too. When you decide to do something else for the Lord, Satan attacks.
But, I thought, this is such a small thing. This will not be a big, earth-shaking blog. Just simple sharing from an older Christian. But Satan has attacked, and he has attacked with ferocity. The past few weeks have been some of the hardest of my life due to circumstances beyond my control. Quite honestly, I have been shaken to the core.
I have known for some time that there are no truly ‘small’ things you do for God. Even a cup of water given to his child will be rewarded in the new heavens and the new earth. And I loved the Schaeffer book, “No Little People” that I read years ago. In it, Schaeffer says:
“There are no little people and no big people in the true spiritual sense, but only consecrated and unconsecrated people……As there are no little people in God’s sight, so there are no little places. To be wholly committed to God in the place where God wants him – this is the creature glorified.”
I believe in the beauty and power of ‘ordinariness’ with all my heart. I have known that God rejoices in ‘little’ things. What has taken me by surprise is Satan’s response. I thought raising my head just a little bit would probably be alright. But, apparently, it is not a happy choice to the prince of this world. And isn’t this a back-handed compliment to the truth of God? That little things are not little things at all if done in God’s will to serve his purpose? He says so and, apparently, Satan is in agreement. In spite of himself, he is testifying that God’s words are indeed true.
I stand, as you do, in his power, looking to the author and finisher of our faith…