Can I be honest about something?
I usually try to stay very positive in my tone, but there is something on social media that drives me nuts. Occasionally in my news feed on social media, someone will post a meme or a quote that really frustrates me.
"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, 'Oh no! She's up!'"
Why does this quote drive me so crazy? It's based in pride and completely inaccurate. The devil isn't one bit afraid of us. His knees are not knocking because of us. He isn't worried one bit about you or me. We are never spiritual enough that we intimidate the devil. We are never strong enough that he feels his courage melt away or feels his cause is hopeless. No, like the destroyer he is, he continues to seek to devour us and he thoroughly enjoys the hunt.
What gets him frustrated? What foils his plans? What disappoints that lion seeking his prey?
Psalm 17:8-9 "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about."
The apple of his eye isn't talking about a shiny piece of fruit God is adoring from His throne. The apple of the eye is a phrase that describes the pupil of the eye. It's the very center of the eye that we see through. So when David said, "Keep me as the apple of the eye," he was asking God to keep Him in the center of His vision. He wanted God to keep a close, protective eye on Him and not to let anything else obstruct His watchful view of him. Not only did David want God to watch over him, He wanted God to hide Him. He wanted God to draw him close by and cover him in the safety that only God Himself can provide.
The devil isn't afraid when you or I get up and we are super-spiritual warriors. What puts him on the run is when we run under the shadow of the wings of God. When we submit to the Lord in our weakness, the devil's battle plans are hindered. That's why James 4:7 starts out the way it does! It begins with submit!
James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
As we serve in a place where the enemy is raging, it isn't courage that will get me through. The enemies are swarming around us, and the dangers are growing. We are compassed about on every side. To be blunt, there are days when I have no courage. I miss the freedoms I had in America to pass out tracts openly everywhere we went. I miss being able to strike up a conversation at any time about the Bible and spiritual things without worry of being turned in to the police. Sometimes we are seen as being full of courage and bravery. We are seen as great heroes. We certainly are not heroes, and courage isn't my strength. Yes, I have fear sometimes. I don't like the thought of jail. I definitely don't relish the thought of my husband or children being in jail. The good thing is that this isn't about my courage. It isn't about my family's courage. It's about us running actually. It's about where we are running when we are afraid. Where do we run for our comfort and protection? Who do we call out to? Do we wake up in the morning thinking, "Don't worry, God. I got this!" or do we run under His wings?
No, the devil isn't one bit worried when I get out of bed each morning, but I know the One who gives the devil pause.
Psalm 56:3 "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."