Fri, May 05, 2017
Failing in his frontal attacks upon the child of God, Satan often turns to more subtle means of achieving his evil purpose. He resorts to devious methods in his attempt to divert the Christian from carrying out the task God has committed to him. He often succeeds by involving the saint in some other lesser occupation and so distracting him.
Nehemiah, the good, rose up from his weeping to do something about a vision God had laid on his heart. Under divine providence, he was soon transported from Shushan to his beloved city, Jerusalem, armed with authority and equipped with materials to rebuild the ruined city.
When Nehemiah’s purpose and plans were made known to the men of Jerusalem, they raised the determined shout, Let us rise up and build.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
It is not always to the vile and evil that Satan seeks to divert us. It may be to the good but not the best--anything to keep us from concentrating on that to which God has called us.
Forgive me, Lord, for succumbing to Satanic diversion by concentrating on the minors rather than the majors, the lesser rather than the best. I want to invest the life You give in doing Your will.