Daily Devotional October 21, 2020

Late Monday afternoon, Shannon and I made three large bottles of milk, hopped in the gator, and drove into the pasture to feed our bottle-baby calf named Mary.  Off in the distance stood a one-week old calf named Wombat.  His mother had wandered away to eat grass. It was a peaceful, beautiful scene. 

Suddenly, we realized Wombat was not alone.  A huge coyote had snuck up on our little, helpless calf. 

Just as I gunned the gator to get to Wombat as quickly as possible, his mother came charging out of nowhere.  She was leading the rest of the herd as the coyote ran for its life.  Wombat had been rescued at the last moment.  This got me thinking. 

For those who follow Jesus Christ, evil acts just like the coyote.  It sneaks up when we least expect it.  But the good news is, much like Wombat’s mother, who came charging to the rescue, God does the same for us.  All God asks is that we be faithful and resist temptation when it raises its ugly head. 

This is what Peter meant by saying, “Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”  (1 Peter 5:8-9a) 

Always remember, when we think we are the most secure, we are the most vulnerable. 

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, there are times when temptation sneaks up and I’m not ready.  Help me always to resist.  Help me to rely on you to see me through.  Thank you for coming to my rescue.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen. 

I had never really thought about it before, but huge Brahman mothers and God have a whole lot in common.  They both ferociously protect those they love.  That’s a good thing. 

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter. 

Tom Robbins