MONDAY 16 May, 2016
And with Absalom went two hundred men invited from Jerusalem, and they went along innocently and did not know anything. - 2 Samuel 15:11
Notice how Absalom began to gather others to himself from the city of Jerusalem. But these two hundred men were like David, they were completely unaware of Absalom’s treachery. They were not accomplices to his crimes; they were simply caught unaware of his intended plans. These men were innocent.
There is an important lesson to be learned here. We should not be caught unaware. In other words, we should not be caught off guard. We need to be aware of what is happening around us, the times we live in, the dangers and the traps of the enemy. We should not go blindly or ignorantly along with the devils plans. First Corinthians 16:13 exhorts us to: Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
We should also be alert, sober and ready for the day of Christ’s return:
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting [weigheddown with carousing],and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares (Luke 21:34, KJV).
It is easy to get caught up in this life. There are many subtle distractions to keep you from time well spent with the Lord. We must abide in God’s Word, prayer and fellowship with other believers if we are to avoid being an innocent casualty in spiritual warfare (John 15).
Do you recognize when the enemy is approaching? Do you follow along aimless with just any person?
A dog that follows everybody is no good to anybody.
For more from Raul Ries, please visit Somebodylovesyouradio.org!