When I opened the door (risking the dog attacking me), both animals fled at high speed. I didn’t know our cat had that much energy left in him. And, seeing the jowls on that dog, I decided the incident probably extinguished our cat’s final “9th life” and he surely was dead of a cat heart attack somewhere. About twenty minutes later, the dog’s owner turned onto our street and shooed him into her car. Apparently he’d gotten loose, and his meandering through nearby neighborhoods had brought him to our porch and a likely candidate to taunt.
We called and called, using the magic words “Friskies” and “treats” (two “people” words he understands). I poked my head through the broken fence between our house and the next where he may have made his getaway. Still, no response to kitty-calls. An hour later, our insulted senior cat returned home and was properly “treated” for his success in fending off canine snoops.We laugh about it, but it's no laughing matter when we're victims of spiritual attack. I've been there with someone else's mean and irrational behavior. At such times, I'm reminded of Peter’s picture of how Satan tries to attack believers:Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Like the “prowling dog” on our street, Satan likes to pounce on the unsuspecting. We’re not alone in facing such attacks. Peter further taught: Resist him [the devil], standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:9).
Spiritual reality is that we’ll all experience a “danger at the sunny spot,” maybe more often than we’d like. One well-known example is the church at Corinth, struggling with enemy attack in the form of lust, idolatry, sexual immorality, disbelief, and grumbling (1 Corinthians 10:7-10). Amidst these temptations, the apostle Paul urged the believers, stay faithful. God isn’t taken by surprise by these attacks. I like how the Amplified Version (which tries to more accurately translate from original languages) puts it:
But God is faithful [to his Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always]also provide the way out—the means of escape to a landing place—that you may be capable and strong and powerful patiently to bear up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13b Amplified Version 1958, boldface added)
Is “danger” snarling at your door? Remember your divine escape route!