Whispers in the Dark
We have two dogs who need to be walked frequently. During the hot, humid summer months, I try to get out reasonably early before it gets too hot. We live out in the country, so the first road I walk is amongst the fields and the open sunshine. I quickly head for an area that is heavily wooded; the road is even named Woods. As I walk through that area, the bugs invade my space. The gnats that buzz around my ears especially annoy me. The Holy Spirit showed me on a recent walk that those gnats are just like the enemy in my life.
The enemy whispers in my ear things like, “You aren’t good enough,” “You made a mess of that,” “You will never get it, so why try?” The enemy is bent on attacking my identity in Christ. As I walk through those woods, I get discouraged and frustrated. I want to give up and run away.
Just like my walk with the dogs, as I head home I leave the darkness of the woods and the annoying gnats. I step out into the sunshine and the bugs stay back in the woods. The sun brightens my day and usually a cool breeze blows in my face calming all my anxiety. When I leave the darkness of the enemy, I step out in the light of God’s truth.
God doesn’t whisper lies in my ears, He shouts truth all around me. The enemy said, “You aren’t good enough;” God says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:10.)” The enemy lies saying, “You made a mess of that;” but God says, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28.)” The enemy tries to convince us to give up, but God calls to us and says we are to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Heb. 12:1.)”
We each have a choice every day where we will walk. Will you walk in the darkness listening to the enemy? Or will you choose to walk into the brilliant light of God and follow His truth?
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Eph. 5:8)