Satan's Field Day

January 5, 2014
by Rosemary Hagedorn

Many years ago, Edmund Burke, a British statesman, said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

One just has to watch the news on the television, read the newspaper, or listen to people's conversations to begin to fear and feel hopeless. It just seems that Satan is having a field day. As Christians, all we can really do about many of these things on the global stage is to pray and ask for God's help.

But that doesn't mean that we can turn a blind eye to the evil and human need that is happening all around us — things that are in our power to change.

If we see someone in danger, do we just walk by and say to ourselves that someone else will come to their rescue and that we will pray for them, or do we call 911 and try to help whenever or however we can? Or we may want to help by donating money that will go towards clean water wells overseas or supporting a child that is in need of clothing, education, and food. What about giving up some of our time to help out in a soup kitchen or preparing meals?

Luke 3:11 – And he would answer and say to them, "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise." (NASB)

James 2:15-16 – Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, "Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well" — but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? (NLT)

We must not ignore the evil going on around us for fear of giving it too much attention, and we must not count on Jesus' imminent return as an excuse for doing nothing about evil. I believe that Satan will continue to have a field day if we Christians do absolutely nothing at all.

Satan's pride and joy is trying to put doubt and confusion into the minds of his enemies, God's children.

Luke 17:20-21 – One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, "When will the Kingdom of God come?" Jesus replied, "The Kingdom of God can't be detected by visible signs. You won't be able to say, 'Here it is!' or 'It's over there!' For the Kingdom of God is already among you." (NLT)

We just can't sit around and do nothing, waiting for God's kingdom to come. We need to do what we can to help our neighbours now!

Prayer: Creator God, remove the veil from our eyes to see our neighbour in need. Help us to follow in Jesus' footsteps and bring about His kingdom of peace right now. Help us to share our wealth with others in need. Help us to share our various gifts with each other. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing Rosemary. Happy New Year.


    A definite AMEN to the sentiments in your message. Thank you, Rosy.


    Thank you Rosemary. Best of the New Year to you and your loved ones.


    Ain’t that the truth.
    Blessings and Happy New Year.


    Rosy – Thank you for this strong word. I pray that we will take to heart what you have said and act on it. May God richly bless you.


    A timely devotional as I have been seeing trouble in my own life and not doing anything about it. Time for a serious change of heart.


    Hello Rosemary:
    You might like the poem, “Listen Christian” by Bob Rowland since it goes right along with your devotional.


    Hi Rosy, it sounds like I could have written this Devotional. We sure are in sync when it comes to helping those in need. A favourite scripture I often use along that line is one that says something to the effevt if we see a brother in need and refuse to help when it is in our power to do so, we are worse than an infidel.


    Yes God’s answers are better than our prayers BUT we can be kind and listen to others problems. If someone has a problem and explain it to a trusted person quite often they come up with their own solution just by sorting it giving us time to do a silent prayer for them. God will guide us to spoken shared prayers.


    Dear Rosy,
    Thank you for this timely message. It reminded me of a shocking video I saw just last week on the news showing several people walking by a man suffering from a heart attack and doing nothing to help him. Hopefully your devotional will make a difference in encouraging more people to lend a hand to those in need.
    Blessings.


    Thank you Rosemary for a really Biblical Devotional.
    When I came to the word “veil” in your prayer I was thinking “evil,” then I saw “veil” and realized the two words were written with the same letters. Both are what Satan wants. I pray, “Dear God remove the veil and keep us from the evil of spiritual blindness. Please lead us not into temptation but deliver us into doing the greatest good with the time and resources you give us to use for your glory and for the glory of your kingdom. Truly “Let us follow in Jesus’ footsteps” (your words). Amen.


    Such a timely devotional Rosemary. Thank you for writing.


    Rosemary,
    Excellently put. Let’s all Christians put our FAITH into ACTION.
    (CA)

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