In 2013 the game four of the World Series ended abruptly when the Red Sox pitcher picked off the Cardinal’s runner on first base. It was the last out in the bottom of the ninth inning. One pitch to first and it was over. The runner was caught napping. I am tempted to use this as an analogy to us. Satan is watching to catch us in a weak moment; therefore, we must ever be vigilant. However idealistic that may sound it is just not practical. We can lose the joy of salvation by constantly watching out. Jesus even said to His disciples that last night in the garden, “Watch and pray so you will not fall into temptation.” But in that context He also noted that as willing as is the spirit, the flesh is weak. It is a miserable life to be constantly looking over our shoulders without a moment to relax. There has to be time to relish our salvation and to be happy.
As in all things this is a call for balance. Yes, we need to be on guard. No, we should not make ourselves paranoid. This is where divine help comes to our aid. The Holy Spirit is our soul-guard. Upon our request He watches out for us. When the Spirit sees trouble He warns us by bringing it to our attention. God knows our need to think about life, our children, our grandchildren, our jobs, our spouse, our communities. We can live a heads-up life without fear that we will be picked off at first. The first base coach failed to warn the Cardinal runner. The Holy Spirit will never fail to warn us. So relax and enjoy your Christian walk.
Written by Roger Bothwell on October 29, 2013
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