“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.” Luke 4:13
As we strive to obediently follow Christ we are in a battle with our enemy (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy is out to still, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He prowls like a lion seeking to devour our lives (1 Peter 5:8).
He knows that you’ve been gifted to make a positive difference in the world. He knows that once you catch God’s vision for your life, he has one more person battling against him as you point others to the life, hope, healing, purpose, and freedom that is available through Jesus Christ.
He also knows your weakness. He knows where to attack you. He waits strategically for the opportune time to bring you down. Satan is a very effective leader. Take a look at the world around you. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s not a great leader. Great leaders give glory to God. But he is a very effective leader.
I’m not encouraging you to live life looking for Satan around every corner and in every situation. I am encouraging you to be aware of your weaknesses. Because the enemy is looking for an opportune time. And all it takes is one opportune time for all the influence and trust you have built with your church, co-workers, spouse, kids, and friends to be tarnished. What takes years to build, can fall apart in seconds. Yes, grace and mercy are necessary and biblical when one falls. But grace and mercy do not erase the consequences and fall out of sin.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:12-15