On Tuesday of this week, the weather was rainy nearly all day. The sky was grey and overcast. It was, all-in-all, just a dreary day...weather wise. I had to do somethings in Bentonville on Tuesday and, thus, I had to drive in the dreary, grey, overcast, rainy conditions.
Most people who drive cars (and those with one iota of common sense) know that when the conditions are as they were on Tuesday, it is the best course of action to turn on your headlights. Even though you may be able to see fine, other cars may not be able to see you.
I lost track of how many cars I saw that were not using their headlights. Something that struck me was that many of them were grey colored. They blended in perfectly with the sky and/or the road. They were nearly impossible to see.
After nearly rear ending one of these cars (thankfully brake lights still work even when the tail lights are not turned on...and it really wasn’t even close), I began to think about how Satan works in our lives.
He does everything he can to disguise or camouflage the darts he throws our way. He tries his best to get temptations to “blend in” with everything around us so that we will not see them for what they are until it is too late.
He wants us to look at something and as a lovely shade of grey. He blends it in with our culture and society. And tries to get us to say that if the world says it’s OK, why, it must be OK no matter what an ancient book has to say.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that the law said do not murder or you will be subject to judgment. But He said if you harbor anger in your heart toward your brother, you will be subject to judgement (Matthew 5: 21-22).
A few verses after that, in Matthew 5:27-28, He said that the law said do not commit adultery. But He said if you lust after a woman (or a man), you’ve already committed adultery with her/him in your heart (but I don’t think He means you should go ahead with the physical act, since you’ve already sinned in your heart).
My point is that Satan is out to deceive us. He uses every tool and dirty trick at his disposal to disguise his attacks as well. He says the church and Christians should change to accommodate our “advancing” culture. The Bible says that friendship with the world is hatred toward God (James 4:4).
If we stay alert, Satan’s attempts to camouflage his attacks will fail. We will see them for what they are and avoid them.