My sister once lost her black belt and could not find it, although she looked everywhere in the house.
One morning, we were all gathered around the kitchen table, waiting for mother to take the biscuits out of the old wood cookstove. My brother got up and went to the living room. Just as he passed through the doorway, something black fell from the top of the door to the floor.
“My belt,” my sister excitedly said.
That was, until it started moving around. My brother heard all the commotion and immediately came and removed the snake from the kitchen.
In Appalachia, there are many snakes: copperheads, rattlers, and blacksnakes. In the summertime, we had to watch where we walked. If we worked in the garden, the first thing we did was part the weeds and look for snakes. If we went to the barn to milk the cow, we looked around for snakes.
Christians must also look out for a spiritual enemy. One that can show up anywhere. In business deals through distrust and fraud. In relationships through disloyalty or deception that ruin friendships and marriages. This enemy waits for a chance to steer us from the life God has called us to live.
Peter warns us about this foe and tells us to prepare ourselves for the tests and trials of life. We do this by saturating our minds with the Word of God and building our faith in Christ—making us stronger and more able to resist anything the Enemy throws at us. We can be strong in the Lord.
Take a moment to thank God for His protection.
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