Deception

1 John 4:1a – Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, to see whether they are from God. (NIV)

The first thing that I do every morning is to look out my large bay window to check on the weather. Today, the sky is blue, and the sun is shining brightly. It promises to be a pleasant day, so I head out to walk my dog.

It is then that I notice that my little flag is blowing very briskly. Although that's usually good, something about the flag is making me uncomfortable. It is blowing in the wrong direction, from the east, which always warns of coming bad weather. The sunny, blue sky gives me no indication of such a change, so I decide that my conclusion must be wrong, and I head out on my walk.

Since I have to use my walker because of knee surgery, I usually don't go too far from home, but this beautiful day encourages me to walk further. If I get tired, I can always sit on the walker's seat, and I know that the exercise is good for my knee.

Then, I feel it. A cold drop lands on my bare arm. I figure that it must be my imagination. In so doing, I am totally ignoring my common sense. Looking up, I see that a heavy bank of grey cloud has crept in. Within the next few minutes, that one drop is accompanied by several more. Then, the sky seems to open up. I have been deceived!

By the time we get home, I am soaked, my walker is soaked, and Sparky looks like a wet dish rag with his ears flattened against his head and his tail drooping between his legs. He looks at me accusingly as if it is my fault — and he is right. I knew the warning signs for rain, but I chose to ignore them. They say that there are none so blind as those who will not see.

As I begin to dry off my shivering pup, as well as myself, a thought strikes me. God gives us many warnings about avoiding bad situations, both in the natural world and the spiritual, but we tend to see what we want to see, even though we may know better, and it is to our detriment. Indeed, the Scripture clearly tells us, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)

His traps may be skilfully hidden, but the Lord always cautions us by speaking to our minds, warning us to use our common sense and the knowledge that we have stored up through studying His Word.

So why don't we listen? The answer is simple, especially in my particular case: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18 NIV)

I thought that I knew all about weather warnings because I had worked much of my life outdoors. This time, I goofed. As a result, the Lord gave me a huge wakeup call. The lesson that I learned from this experience later saved me from a much greater disaster.

I believe that this could be a timely warning for someone who is reading this account. Test the spirits, then heed His leading.

Prayer: Lord, help us to open our eyes and ears to Your warnings, to look to the Holy Spirit for guidance, and then, to follow it. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

1 comment on this post.
  1. PresbyCan Feedback:

    Good one Sharon!


    Excellent Sharon. Thank you.


    Wonderful analogy and challenge, Sharon.


    Do I ever relate to this.
    I use a walker too so I can just imagine how that must have felt.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I always say if I ignore Divine intuition I am in trouble.


    Good morning, dear Sharon. Sorry you and Sparky got soaked! Good to see your offering today and the lesson is one we all need. Hope you’re doing well rehabilitating from surgery. You surely are brave to venture out with a walker. Keep writing. They’re always wonderful.


    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for your timely sharing of this experience. Yes, this, and the Holy Spirit’s loving and undeterred nudgings do speak to me today. It brought to mind Proverbs 14:12 – “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Pride certainly does go before a fall, and “toying” with temptations is to play with fire. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as you did, and God’s timing – in when Robin Ross slated this – is amazing. I know it will have been a blessing to many!
    Blessings to you in Christ,
    (BC)


    So very sorry for your experience. It’s never pleasant to be on the receiving end of a downpour! Glad you’re okay, Sparky too. Thanks for sharing the lesson learned. Blessings.


    Hi Sharon:
    A great devotional alluding us to the fact we, as Christians, must always be wearing the whole Armour of God which will, with his guidance, give us the courage to withstand the evils Satan presents in our lives.
    Satan is indeed alive and well on planet earth and too often we think we know what is best for us and go along on our merry way placing Christ on the back shelf of our lives, only to find ourselves deep in trouble and running to him to save us from heartache once more.
    I loved this devotional. It reminded me to listen for the “still small voice” of my Lord – a voice that challenges me to walk the Christian walk and not only talk the Christian talk. Thank you.


    Thank you, Sharon Greer, for a timely warning and for Reassurances of God’s presence and warnings. May we heed them and trust in God’s great plans for our best life in his WAY. “I am the Way the Truth, and the Life,” said Jesus. Let us trust him for salvation and for guidance.


    Sharon – a very timely message. Thank you for sharing your experience and reminding us of these passages of scripture. God Bless you – keep writing!