Wednesday, October 31, 2007
An Opportune Time
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
In a broad sense, temptation can come to us at any time. Of course, it often happens after times of great blessing. Jesus was tested, or tempted, in the wilderness for 40 days and nights, right after His baptism in the Jordan River when the Spirit of God came upon Him in the form of a dove. After the dove came the devil. After the blessing came the attack. Often after great times of blessing, the enemy will be there, wanting to rob us of what God has done.
Maybe you have experienced a great time of blessing in your life recently. Enjoy it, but keep your guard up. The enemy will be there. He will attack you. And he will tempt you. He waits for the opportune time to attack, and we are often the most vulnerable when we think we are the strongest.
If you think that weak believers had better be careful, then I have a thought for you: Strong believers had better be careful too. The Bible says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Many times temptation can come when we are relaxing. Take David for example. He was tempted when he was up on the rooftop taking a little rest and relaxation, at the time when kings usually go out to battle. He noticed the beautiful Bathsheba as she was bathing on her rooftop, he lowered his guard, and we know the rest of that story.
There is no rest from the spiritual battle. Always keep your guard up, because the moment you think, It won’t hit me here, that is where it will hit you. The enemy is just waiting. He is looking for an opportunity. So keep your armor on.
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