Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life. – Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)
Chances are, if you were going to invite someone to lunch, it wouldn’t be Satan. Not that it matters all that much. His manners are so poor that he just invites himself.
Sits down at your table.
Sidles up close to you.
Doesn’t bother to look at the menu. He knows what he’s having: whatever you’re having.
He wants to eat your lunch.
But, here is some good news: he can only grab your cheeseburger if you let him.
This is one of those reminders the Lord has put before time and again lately: “do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10,ESV).
You see, God finds great delight when we seek Him. He doesn’t just invite us to find strength in Him. He expects us to accept the RSVP to come to His feast.
And… He expects us to show up.
The Lord is our strength. There are so many verses in Scripture that point to this fact. We tend to take on so much ourselves: so much worry, so much anxiety, so much guilt, so much shame, so much insecurity, so much baggage we were never meant to lug around.
We are not called to hand over our plate to the devil. Don’t even let him have a french fry. We are called to trust in the Lord without understanding the whys and wheres and hows. We are called rest in the Lord. We are called to follow Jesus, to love God and love others, and to let faith be our understanding.
This isn’t a simple panacea to cure what ails us. This is reality. When we are heavily burdened and downtrodden, we do not function as we ought. But, when we give up the stinkin’ thinkin’, stop giving in to the temptation to worry or doubt or feel sorry for ourselves, and start giving thanks to the Lord as we seek Him in all areas of our lives – with joy and peace and faith, we discover that we are safely in God’s hands. He is truly in control and we need not worry about circumstances.
Remember… Satan is a defeated foe. Jesus beat evil at the cross. That alone is cause for great joy! So be mindful of the Lord’s presence. And take the enemy for what he is:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10 (ESV)
And this thief is eyeing your burger.
Trust in the Lord and let Him fill you with strength and joy and peace and love, for with Him there is nothing we cannot face.
Including unwanted table guests.
Have a great lunch!