Spiritual Musings

looks and gifts

He was strikingly handsome . . . . she pestered him day after day, but he stood his ground. Genesis  39: 6, 10

For the ones who cannot be moved to break, let alone alone scratch the surface of the Ten Commandments, the Devil uses their goodness, their steadfastness, their good intentions to create road blocks and pitfalls of temptation.

The Devil used Joseph’s handsomeness to create a convincing scenario. When Joseph prevailed, the Devil continued to make his life worse by using Joseph’s loyal, non-defensive attitude against him. You don’t read about Joseph telling anyone his side of the story. He just let it go, became the innocent that bore the consequences of guilt.

Joseph basically just shut up and let the story play itself out. And “the head jailer gave Joseph free rein, never even checked on him, because God was with him; whatever he did God made sure it worked out for the best.” (Genesis 39:23)

Spiritual Musings

the hunter and its prey

Luke 4: 13 The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.
Watching the National Geographic channel, I’m always fascinated by the patience and stealth of the hunter, be it man or beast. When targeting the prey, an animal can lay in wait for hours completely focused on getting it. Not the weather nor an itch can make a difference.
In life we are the prey; the Devil the hunter. With a fierce determination he waits for an opportunity to bag us. Escaping from his trap once does not mean that he’s given up on getting us!
Even with Jesus, the Devil didn’t give up: After Jesus passed all three temptations with A+ flying colors, and He was “powerful in the Spirit,” (v. 14), Satan continued to lay in wait. If it looks like all’s going well, it’s only because he’s “retreated temporarily.” (v. 13)
Victory with the Devil is no cause for lack of vigilance.