Expect It

When you least expect it, expect it.

As we become more familiar with the schemes of the devil we might get the attitude, “I got this!” We must not take a break but always be on the alert, watchful, because even though he is leaving you alone at this moment, he will be back.

After Jesus was tempted in Mark 4:1-13, the scriptures say in verse 13, “And when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.”

Even though the devil was finished with Jesus then, he would be back later to try and trip Him up.

Jesus was always ready and waiting for the devils next temptation.

Matthew 16:22-23 says, “Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

We can see Jesus recognized the devil was working through one of His loved ones, but because He kept His mind “on the things of God,” He was able to spot the temptation.

Father, help us to follow Jesus’ example to not only be on alert but also keep our mind on Your things, making us able to see hidden temptations. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.