A section of our sprinkler system stopped working, so a patch of our lawn did not get watered all summer long. We live in South Texas, and the southern heat dried up that patch of grass, leaving it sickly yellow and dead.
One day my daughter went up to the dead grass and started tugging chunks of it out of the ground. “Look, Mommy,” she said. “The yellow grass is easy to pull out of the ground.”
I was intrigued. I went to the dead grass, grabbed a handful, and sure enough the entire clump came out easily. I reached for a section of thick, green grass next to the dead patch and yanked on it. The healthy blades of grass stayed strong and the roots held on tight. The lush grass wouldn’t even budge.
As I looked at the green and yellow grass, I uncovered one of Satan’s schemes. He knows we aren’t easily moved when our “sprinkler system” from heaven is running fine, and God’s Word and Voice are able to water us daily. Instead of tempting us right away, Satan will try to sabotage our flow from the Lord by distracting us from drinking from His Living Water.
“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” – John 4.14 (NLT)
After a few months of a spiritual drought, we become weakened prey for Satan to destroy. Our blades have shriveled and our roots are dead, so any temptation Satan throws our way will knock us down and pull us right out of God’s will.
Temptation is a part of life, but we don’t have to fear it when we are strong in the Lord. The real problem comes slowly and quietly. Distraction from spending time with God and His Word will cause us to be easy targets. We could easily walk away from our family, witness, ministry and destiny with one simple tug from the enemy.
Let us never cease spending time with God and consuming resources that speak His heart. In this way, we will be strong in the Lord to resist all kinds of temptation.
“They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.”
– Psalm 1.3 (NLT)