There are times in our lives when we feel like something is not right. You can’t put your finger on it. But something feels wrong.
As much as there is God who wants us to grow, prosper and live in everything He has for us, there is also a devil who wants the opposite.
John 10: 10 says that the devil has come to “kill, steal and destroy”.
It doesn’t say that he has come to “be slightly annoying”.
The devil wants to destroy your life.
Like a lion, the devil prowls the earth looking for its next feed.
The devil nibbles at us all.
He is a death. A lingering. He sounds and looks the same as he did before. He smells the same as he has always smelt. There are no new tricks, he cannot grow and evolve and change. It will be the same as it has always been.
So then, at the times when something feels wrong, the prowling devil is waiting. But he has no new tactics. He will not pull me away with an affair, or getting drunk or craving drugs. That has never been an issue for me. But like a whisper, comes the thoughts of depression, loneliness and isolation. I am alone….
There, in that split second, I have a choice. Agree or disagree. Listen or block. Life or death.
Answer 1: I am alone.
Answer 2: I am a child of the God. I am a good man. I am ok.
It is easy to get pulled down into the first answer. The answer that maybe we are more familiar with.
But the truth is that God can give us life. If you finish John 10: 10 it says, “I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Life to the FULL!
Not a life that feels like we should do more. Not a constant challenge. Not a half-hearted effort. A life of brilliance, excitement and adventure.
So in that split second of choice where it sometimes feels easier to partner with the same old negative feelings, maybe we choose life before death.