Be wise and stay awake, because your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5: 8.
Somehow, I sensed that this young woman was not clean wheat. It was almost eight months since we had decided to put her in our house, since we wanted to help her. She was a university student who had emigrated from her homeland to study in Costa Rica. When he moved to live with us, he began to work a few hours in the mornings at my house while, at night, he studied. But from one day to the next, our cell phones, watches and other personal items began to mysteriously disappear. We found it very strange, but it is delicate to suspect someone and accuse without having proof. So we didn’t.
The tests, unfortunately, came later, and in the least expected way. One day my daughter brought us something that was long gone.
Do you know where I found it? In the young woman’s room. So many months we had been living with an enemy among us! I felt terrible. And when I remember this situation, still today, it makes me interesting because of the similarities it has with our spiritual life.
Sometimes we forget it but we, Christian women, have an adversary, an enemy, which is the devil, Satan. He dwells in our midst, and believe me he does not mean well. He is a thief who wants to snatch out of the hands of the good Shepherd the sheep that he lovingly cares for and protects. In some moment of carelessness, of living in lethargy or with the senses too busy in things that do not take advantage of, the enemy can arrive and take away what we need for a strong spiritual life: habits of reading and prayer, faith, Christian service … He desires enter your house and put off all that you know leads to salvation. Will you allow it?
The purpose of the thief is to steal and kill and destroy; my purpose is to give them a full and abundant life ”(John 10:10, NLT), we read in the Scriptures. So if the thief wants to usurp your faith, your devotion, your joy, your compassion, your devotional life, your goals, everything you hold most dear, don’t let him. Watch and pray; pay attention to the health of your relationship with the one who wants to give you full and abundant life.
Open your eyes on this day. Put yourself on guard, clean your house, call on his name. Invite Christ to dwell with you always.