I was doing some volunteer work a while back, and was in the process of cutting some cardboard boxes in half. I remember my sister telling me to be careful because black widows like to hide deep inside. In the event of this happening, we can ask the security guard outside to take care of it for us.
This got me thinking, the black widow in the box is like satan in our lives.
When I just started volunteering, I was very careful with the boxes, not wanting to be bitten. But as the weeks went by, I got more and more comfortable and confident that even if there was a spider, I would take care of it. Isn’t that how we think about God sometimes? We get so comfortable with ourselves and begin to think that we can take care of any problem that comes along. And maybe for a while we can. But what happens when the spider bites you? The longer we try to go it alone, the closer we are to our defeat.
Make God Your Number One Contact
We treat God like the security guard by keeping Him right outside in case something goes far too wrong, but until then He’s outside waiting for us to realize that we need Him. Until then He is waiting to hear us call His name. When we do get in over our heads, we keep close to Him, afraid to go too far because something might happen again. But when nothing happens for a while, we push him away. That’s when satan is going to strike. It might not be right away. He will wait for us to regain confidence in ourselves, and when we do, he will strike so hard that we might even be ashamed to call on God. But no matter how far we fall, God is waiting for us to call on Him
How long do we have to go it alone? Why are we so desperate to look so strong? The greatest strength a person could have, is admitting that they are weak and that they cannot handle life alone. Recognizing and admitting our weaknesses is never easy. We might lose friends and people might mock us. But just remember that every struggle that we overcome brings us so much closer to God if we can tame our pride and make God not only our emergency contact, but first and foremost our king, best friend, and counselor.
“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” – Isaiah 55:6