Resist

June 13, 2011
by Pat Bell

Matthew 6:26a – Look at the birds of the air. (NIV)

James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)

In the quiet of the morning, while my husband and I were out walking the dog, we heard a crow call in distress several times. Off in the eastern sky, we could see two birds in flight, one giving chase to another. We heard the crow's cry again. Bob commented, "Crows are not welcome because they rob nests. Even a chickadee will put the boots to a crow."

The scene brought some things to mind. We have God-given power in righteous indignation to resist evil. I looked up the meaning of the English word evil in my Hebrew-to-English dictionary. Literally, it means "spoiling by breaking to pieces" and figuratively, "making or being good for nothing". But look at God's promises carefully:

Psalm 91:1,14-16 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. "Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." (NIV)

God has made these promises. If we dwell and rest, habitually keep in mind and trust in His goodness, we acknowledge His name. Our part is to lean toward, value, and ask the Almighty for His ever-available help. He promises to rescue, protect, answer, guard us in trouble, deliver, honour, satisfy us with long life, and show us salvation.

Is there a crow threatening your nest? Acknowledge the name of the Lord, call upon Him, then chase it away. Don't pay any heed to the noisy crow.

Prayer: Father, may the eyes of our hearts be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which You have called us in Christ Jesus. May we know the riches of Christ's glorious inheritance in the saints, and Your incomparably great power for us who believe. We ask in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord for wisdom to use the power of love You make available to us. Amen.

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Pat Bell <llebpat@gmail.com>
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

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