My husband asked me that question one day, “Where does Satan hide?” My answer: “In plain sight.”
Satan doesn’t hide anywhere, he’s always hangin’ around, waiting to trip us up one way or another in perfectly tailored, ingenious ways, tuned to our short-comings, faults, pride, lust, desires. He’s brazen and he’s discreet, and he can trip us up so quickly, we often don’t know what happened. If we’re a Christian and have our wits about us, we can sometimes recognize a set-up and take steps (pray like the devil!) to head it off. Sometimes, that is. Satan is a conniver, so smooth, so cool, so wicked. “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
The other day had a bit of the devil in it. A somewhat minor thing happened that upset me, and then, a bit of information surfaced that really concerned me. Quickly, my day seemed to be on a fast track of ruin, a bummer of a day. I could sense Satan working on ruining my day, filling me with fear, guilt, dread, anxiety. I realized that this was Satan’s work, and in keeping with my resolution I made just one short post ago, I knew I was to turn these thoughts over to God. I would do what I could to apologize and patch up a situation, but beyond that, events were out of my control. I recognized that, and said, “God, it’s in your court, I’m not going to worry about it. You have to power to change things and work this situation out. I am going to trust you.” I will tell you, it is a relief to turn these “out of control” things over to God. (Now, to be consistent with this action!) This brought to my mind of one particular Sunday in our church class; a man was speaking of being a handyman and shared his motto: “Do your best, and caulk the rest.” I say let God be the “caulk”.
After thinking a bit more, after turning these events over to God, I realized that Satan can’t claim my day if I refuse to let him. A way to salvage the day is to do one good thing. It doesn’t even have to be huge, just one small thing and you’ll nip that negativity in the bud. Do a small favor for someone, tell a good joke, laugh, tell someone how much they matter to you, visit a friend. Mail a greeting card, even do a load of laundry and put the clean items away. Empty the trash cans, or wash up the dishes. Anything positive, anything good, anything that brings a smile or a sense of accomplishment or sense of satisfaction, will steal the day from Satan. Satan will be off to the side, red in the face, steam escaping from his ears, and stomping his feet. I know I’d rather have more (good) days stolen from Satan than not, but beware, he’s ready for the next opportunity.
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