You like the devil!

My son, Josh, is awesome! He occasionally drops these epic statements, in which I immediately call my brother and we laugh for years about it. It's like sharing a quote from a funny movie. It's great!
My son is 6 and my daughter, Jade, is 2. They fight like a brother and sister, but they're good kids and Josh is a great big brother to his little sister. The other day we were driving home and Jade was getting on Josh's nerves and aggravating him. He then let out his frustrations with her by announcing out loud, "Jade, I like God and you like the devil!" I instantly had to hold back my laughing and tell him not to say that to her. I told her that it wasn't a nice thing to say.
It got me thinking later about it, though. Josh may be on to something. Even though, we don't walk around proclaiming to like the devil or doing evil, our actions can raise that suspicion. When I decide to trust myself instead of God...when I'm jealous of others...when I lust...when I get angry and lose my temper...etc. These are times when I'm essentially saying, "I like the devil!" I Peter 5:8 says, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." It's important to believe and understand this and that the more we grow in Christ, the more we will be attacked. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." It's a spiritual battle, and our worship is the prize.


Crystal G said...

Kids are so much wiser then we give them credit. They see things simply and without any gray area's.

Gary Durbin said...