Whitney M. Young, Jr. said, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” What happens when opportunity knocks, and you find that the enemy is behind the door.
I know that during my unemployment stint, I have prayed for God to open doors for me. I prayed for His favor and that I could network with the right people to obtain a job. By the grace of God, I finally obtained a job. I wanted to honor my committments with tutoring so I had to juggle two jobs for the first week. It appeared that my life went from 0 to 60 in a few short days. My body was use to a routine and actually went into a bit of shock when I went from working 2 hours a day to 12. I was trying to balance everything and some things had fallen to the back burner – God and exercise. Not my best choice, I know.
The enemy saw my error as a prime opportunity to launch his attack. He seized the opportunity to attack some old wounds. Wounds that stem from hurtful and damaging words that others have used on me. Wounds that have been deeply burried into the depths of my soul until recently. Hurtful words, whether in a joking manner or not, have hit one of those aforementioned trigger spots sending me to a place of pain and suffering.
As you can see, I learned a very valuable lesson-one that was preventable yet costly. By placing God on the back burner, I placed myself in a vunerable position. One that left me defenseless against the enemy’s attack.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (Message) states, “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
As always, I leave you with a final thought. When opportunity knocks, be sure you are prepared for what lies behind the door. Be strong and utilize all the weapons God has for you to win your fight.
Love in Christ,