Spiders. I don’t like ‘em. Hairy bodies and way too many legs. Unfortunately, living on wooded property means lots of spiders. Take this guy, for instance.
He greeted me from the front door frame when I went outside one day. He’s pretty, but he’s still a spider. I didn’t kill him- and it wasn’t because he’s a “good” spider, but because he was way too big- think of the mess…. ~shudder~.
The next day when I opened the door, this is what I was faced with. Completely blocking the doorway. I didn’t go outside that day….
After a couple of days, I had to face the fact that he wasn’t going away on his own. I gritted my teeth and relocated Mr. (or Ms.) Zipper with a loooong stick.
However, thousands dozens of daddy longlegs also like to invade our front porch. I reeeealllly don’t like these guys. I couldn’t ignore their multiplying numbers any longer, so I sprayed the porch with insecticide.
They continued to walk around for awhile, not realizing they were already dead. By the next day, though, their creepy little eraser-head bodies and long legs were no longer moving.
Now, let me ask you something. After spraying the porch, do you think I should sit there and let those spiders crawl all over me, just because I knew they would soon be nothing more than dust? No?
Well, then, should I let the devil invade my space just because I know that he has ultimately been defeated by Jesus’ death and resurrection? You wondered where I was going with that title, didn’t you?
Though the devil is defeated, God has allowed him to still creep around for a time. Satan may be walking dead, but he is busy spinning webs of deceit, distracting us from our God-given purposes, bent on destroying our relationships and stealing our peace.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Don’t ignore him- he won’t just go away on his own.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
But don’t let fear of him paralyze you either. Remember, he has been defeated. Brush him off and keep moving toward the finish line.
…lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Pay attention to his activity, but don’t lose your focus.
Fix your eyes on Jesus… so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3
Oh, and stop pretending he doesn’t exist, ‘cause he’s laughing as you walk face first into his web!
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
Note: If you want to read a fictional humorous-but-eye-opening portrayal of the schemes of the devil, read The Screwtape Letters (affiliate link) by C.S. Lewis.