“I had one of those ‘from-the-mouth-of-babes’ experiences yesterday that warmed my heart to its core,” Stan began one morning.
“What was that all about?” I asked.
“I was out in the front yard yesterday afternoon doing some gardening,’ Stan replied. “A neighborhood child came by and we talked.”
“About what?” I asked.
“Oh, just little stuff,” Stan replied. “You know, the kind of things you talk about with a child.”
“But, out of the blue,” Stan continued, “this child said something like, ‘Mr. Stan, do you know that I can change the devil into a flea?’”
“How did you respond to that?” I asked.
“I told him that I didn’t know that, and I asked him how he knew that he could.”
Continuing, he said, “This sweet child told me it came from his Sunday school teacher. He said the teacher told him that if he told the devil he wasn’t going to do what the devil wanted him to do, that the devil would turn into a flea.”
“How long,” I asked, “did it take you to understand that the child was confusing ‘flee’, with an ‘e’, and ‘flea’, with an ‘a’?”
“I got it right away,” Stan replied. “I’m smarter than I look! But I didn’t want to embarrass the child. I merely suggested that he might want to talk to his teacher some more about that on Sunday, just to make sure he got it right.”
“Good,” I replied. “Never a good idea to embarrass children for something they innocently misunderstand.”
“Right,” Stan said, “but later as I thought about the whole conversation, I was thinking that the child, even though he had the wrong word in mind, was not that far off base by minimizing Satan in his life.”
“How so?” I asked.
“Fleas are pretty small little creatures,” Stan replied. “God wants me to resist Satan in every aspect of my being, so the devil will flee, but a good step in that direction is to at least minimize his evil influence in my life.”
It’s a whole lot better for me and my faith walk with God,” Stan concluded, “to make the devil little in my life, rather than for me to take the opposite track.”
“Opposite track?” I replied. “What opposite track?”
“Making little of the devil,” Stan responded with a smile! “I’m on the wrong road if I do not take seriously the influence Satan can have on my life and my walk with God.”
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your provision for resisting the devil so he will flee and leave me alone. You know how desperately I need help in resisting the influence he seeks to have in my life. I confess that too often I have chosen not to resist him, and have, instead, chosen to allow his influence in my life. Please forgive me. And please help me in following every step of your lead in doing whatever I need to do in order to resist Satan so he will, in fact, flee from my life and leave me alone. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Satan just loves to influence us to make bad choices. Where are you in recognizing what Satan wants to do in and through you? God has every provision for us to resist Satan and cause him to leave us alone. Where are you with that? Where would you like to be? What would that look like?
Comments, questions, suggestions, and the like can be addressed to S. Tory Teller at: firstname.lastname@example.org.