I love the fall season. There's a crispness about the early morning air that fills the lungs with a fresh feeling of energy, and life generally seems very good. I don't know if it's just me, but things also give the appearance of having a slower pace at this time of year, which can lull one into a surreal state of mind.
I believe that life is very comparable to the fall season. It's almost as if we are somewhat lulled into a lackadaisical mode, thinking the most common thought that probably occurs to just about everyone in this state of mind; life is too good right now. What could possibly happen? However, the Apostle Paul penned in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.† Do everything in love."
The message Paul was conveying to the Corinthians is that we should be prepared, ready, watching, and on guard, so we are not taken by surprise when adversity comes, but standing strong using faith as our compass, courage as our fortitude, and love as our theme.
When we are not on our guard, we are vulnerable to the enemy's schemes of attack and he knows it. His only job description is to: "steal, kill, and destroy" (John 10:10). So next time you are tempted to let down your guard, ask yourself this simple question: What is worth the risk of being destroyed at the hands of the enemy? Let's not make his job easier than it already is. It's ok to slow down, but don't let down.
Also, here is a small riddle for you to ponder. Keep in mind that 70% of all kindergarteners were able to answer correctly right away while only 16% of college students could (If you cannot come up with the answer, email me at email@example.com, or call me at 837-6255 and I will provide it for you).
RIDDLE: What is greater than God, more sinister than the Devil; the rich need it, the poor have it and if you eat it you will die?
- Bob North is the pastor of Cornerstone Assembly of God in Sunnyside.