Life goes along well and then out of the blue, a great unsettling happens and things feel decidedly soft underfoot with all sorts of other things in your life, bouncing around all over the place. It is an extremely unpleasant experience to go through, a little bit akin to seasickness; the boat moves and sways, your head begins to swim, and all you want to do is once again plant your feet onto solid ground where things don’t keep moving about you!
I had a day a bit like that yesterday. I thought that things were all okay, but then one piece of unsettling news, followed by another and then another, starting making the ground beneath my feet feel like it was moving. I felt that unpleasant sense of knowing some things but not really being able to do a whole lot about them. It’s a little like someone hitting you in the face with your hands tied behind your back. None of us likes being in a place like that.
At last night’s CMT (Creative Ministries Team) meeting, we were reflecting on that thing which we call our church services. This is regularly done by that Team as it tries to keep things relevant, alive, interesting, and growing personally and corporately for all of us in our services of worship. Obviously, our ultimate goal in worship is God Himself. Yes, we matter, but He much more so. We do not come primarily to get, even though that happens; primarily we come to a church service to give, which is to say that we come to give God our worship through prayer, readings, song, teaching and fellowship. Of course the world teaches that that shouldn’t be so because the world swamps each of us with the lie that we are at the centre of everything and if we don’t get what we want, then we’ll go where we think we will. Christians are not averse to this seduction either, hence the still too-large number of Christians today who flit from the latest big thing or church to the next.
But at that meeting, as we were discussing the services, one member made a very sound comment saying that we MUST remain united so that the Enemy (Satan) cannot creep in between us and cause havoc and destruction amongst us. This is absolutely true, known throughout the early church and since then, and clearly taught as a warning by such as Paul who said, “..our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph 6:12
My off-day on Monday was one of those days of struggle against the Enemy who tried to bring fear into my heart and take my eyes off the sufficiency of Jesus in all things. Satan tries to divide and bring destruction into God’s Church and His people, you and I and in doing so, to take our eyes off Jesus.
So please be alert to the Enemy’s plans particularly when making important life decisions or choices. Please factor in the reality that if he can, he will separate you from God’s plan for your life, and lead you down a rabbit-hole. He does this for his own enjoyment while at the same time, for your destruction.
Peter says it all to us; “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,..” 1 Peter 5:8-9