Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)
Our troop learned to take the Boy Scout’s motto to heart. “Be Prepared.”
On a wilderness excursion into the Appalachian Mountains, we were taught to prepare for any contingency. Forgetting to bring along toilet paper was a personal foible. Thankfully, my troop leader was prepared for me not being prepared. He graciously supplied the important item. As adolescents, we had fun joking over the possibility of utelizing the wrong kind of leaves for clean-up after using the latrine. An embarrassing, itching rash would be quite discomforting to such a sensitive area.
As Christians, the necessity of remaining prepared is even more crucial. Being diligent to avoid tempting situations and staying ready for surprise attacks from the enemy is paramount to spiritual well-being. Just as we strengthened our bodies before the physical demands of a mountain trek, it’s also important to strengthen our relationship with Christ, before venturing into our days. Ensure we are walking in faith and obedience, keeping our eyes on Jesus.
In retrospect, I can clearly observe the days I skipped my prayer and bible time with the Lord as days I’d rather forget. They were strewn with mistakes, slips and sins, that could have been more easily avoided, had I prepared beforehand to face them. I thought I was strong enough to handle anything that came along. But only Christ has the strength and wisdom I need. I must stay behind my leader, following Him closely, so I won’t take a misstep and fall off the mountain.
Thank you Lord for your wise leadership. Continue to grow our faith, teaching us to stand firm in your word, amen.