That beautiful dog that had looked friendly for years wasn’t friendly today. Big German shepherd that I had seen numerous times before decided to bark, growl and chase my car.
That’s a picture of the enemy. He sits quietly as you pass by and do your routine things. He doesn’t flinch lots of times – he just watches. Rest assured, he watches. He’s always there waiting for an opportunity for a surprise attack.
Sometimes he visibly and actively pursues you and you know it. Other times, he’s lurking in your complacency and when you least expect it he’s on you, in you and working through you. He’s always there. Don’t ever doubt it.
Why even try to avoid him? If he’s always pursuing why even try to avoid him? Here’s the thing. YOU can’t! You’re not strong enough to fight him off, not fast enough to outrun him or smart enough to outwit him. On your own, despite your best efforts he’ll beat you every single time.
As that dog chased me and Sampson, I looked at him and smiled. We were safe in the car. No matter how fast he ran or how hard he tried to get to us, because we were protected by the car – far faster than he – he would never catch us. We were in something he couldn’t penetrate.
As long as we stay close to God the enemy may bark, show his fangs and give chase but he’s no match for our Protector. The enemy can only hurt you if you remove yourself from God’s protection. Had I stopped the car and gotten out, I would have been bitten, Sampson would have fought him, or both. I had the choice of stopping and challenging the challenger. I chose to stay in where I knew we were safe. We rolled on leaving the aggressive dog behind.
That was a word to my Spirit. Keep moving. Keep allowing God to protect you. You may hear, see and even fear the enemy for a time but remind yourself he’s no match when you’re “in” Christ.
1st John 4:4: “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”