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Luke 12:39 – And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. (KJV)
I was on my way to an appointment. I had only left the house and been driving for a matter of minutes, when I realized that I had forgotten something. I hurried back home, opened the front door and walked in. Immediately, I could sense that something was not quite right.
My husband was at work and the kids at school, so I knew that I was the only one home, but there was an eerie atmosphere that made me feel very uncomfortable.
Being very quiet, I cautiously looked around the house. To my surprise, I noticed that the back door was not closed tightly. It was not like me to leave the door unlocked, let alone slightly ajar.
Nervously, I slowly opened the door wider and peered outside. To my left, trying to hide, crouched a man whom I had never seen before.
He apparently had been watching my house, waiting for an opportunity to break in. When I returned unexpectedly and he heard me, he ran out the back door but didn't have a chance to close it tightly behind him.
A thief was crouched there, staring at me! I noticed that he had on a white shirt, and his face was not at all pleasant to look at. Although we were both startled, when he sensed my fear, he immediately made a move to come at me and gain entrance into the house once again.
I quickly slammed the door, locked it, and then … I woke up. I realized that I had been dreaming!
That dream really shook me up, but God began to teach me biblical truths about it. First of all, God showed me that the thief was the devil: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." (John 10:10a)
He came at a time when I was not home, and I was reminded of this verse: "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11)
The thief had actually gained entrance, and I thought about how I am instructed in God's Word to examine myself to see if I have left a door of sin open: "Neither give place to the devil." (Ephesians 4:27)
The intruder had on a white shirt, symbolic of a wolf "in sheep's clothing" (Matthew 7:15). When he heard me come back home, he ran! "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)
However, when he sensed fear in me, he made a move. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
Faith overcame fear, and I was able to slam the door on the thief and lock it! "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." (Romans 8:37)
Through that dream, I learned many valuable lessons, and I couldn't help but say, "Lord, thank You for the victory that we have through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Prayer: Father in heaven, how thankful we are that You watch over us. We thank You that You love us and are always looking out for our best interests. Thank You for teachable moments, and for any and all opportunities that You give us to be more conformed to Your image. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.