Perils Of Life

Friday, May 28, 2021
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I have a screen saver on my computer that shows a lake with wildflowers and trees. This setting was the lake behind our house for fifteen years. It was wonderful to hear the loons calling every day through six summers. I used to watch the mother swim with the babies on her back through our rear bedroom windows.

We watched loons lay eggs, set, and raise young for six summers. I knew that the female had to watch for raccoons, snakes, and foxes while she was setting on her nest. I also knew that I could not be of much help.

The lake was to the west, so the sunsets were stunning. It was great in the fall to hear the loon family head south, knowing that the parents were guiding their young. Many times, I thanked God for His creation.

The year came when I saw the young ones on the back of their mother for possibly four days; then, they disappeared. This happened over the next three years. Snapping turtles had moved into the lake, and a young loon made a good meal. After trying for four summers, the loons stopped coming to the lake behind our house.

Every living creature has enemies that want to destroy it. Man has the worst enemy of all. Scripture calls him Satan or the devil.

1 Peter 5:8 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

Luke 22:32 – But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (NIV)

Christ knows what is attacking me today and taking away the joy of salvation from my life. He knows the perils that I face, which can destroy my faith if I am not alert to the danger.

As Christ told Simon, "I have prayed for you", He also tells us that He is interceding for you and me today.

Romans 8:34 – Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (NIV)

Sometimes, we may just need an encouraging word from another believer, or we may give an encouraging word to a fellow believer. We need to be reading and meditating on God's Word so that when Satan tempts us to stray from walking with the Lord, we can resist him. To the evil one, we can say as Christ said, "It is written!"

Prayer: Dear God, keep us mindful of the one who can take away the joy of Your salvation in our lives and cause our faith to fail. We thank You for a Saviour Who intercedes for us and forgives our sins because of Your love and grace. Thank You for Calvary. Amen.

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Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Ruth.

    Thank you for the important reminder, Ruth. God bless!

    Thank you, Ruth. We need to be watchful of the enemy and your devotional is precious.

    Thank you, Ruth, for today’s meditation. I too live on the edge of a lake and watch the fauna. I too live in the world of mankind avoiding the pitfalls among and around us. Thanks for sharing.

    SHALOM to you, Ruth and John. My wife and I enjoy your Devotionals very much. Thank you.

    Yes, Ruth! I needed to hear this today. Keep writing! For years I fought a spiritual battle on a physical plane. Through God’s grace I have learned to let go and let God handle the fight as I walk in faith now.

    Greetings Ruth,
    Many thanks for another most meaningful writing. Yes, we must ever be thankful that we have a loving Saviour ever ready to intercede for us. Blessings for your special writings for our morning devotional time.

    Dear Ruth,
    What a lovely setting where you live. I appreciate the encouragement you have brought to us during these perilous times. As do the loons, we have danger snapping at our heels as their hatchlings do, but what protection we have in Jesus Christ. Thank you for writing.

    Hello Ruth
    Thank you for this beautiful devotional today. I too love the sound of the loons. Beautiful memories you have.
    Thank you for the scriptures you used also, good to keep us on our toes at all times.
    Thanks again, have a great weekend.
    God bless.

    Good morning Ruth,
    In Toronto it is dark because we are having much needed rain. Nature is wonderful and I know we need all parts of it, but it is sometimes hard to remember that. Hopefully, the loons found another safe place to bring up their young. For you, it is sad not to be able to enjoy them in the same way. In my upbringing, my church didn’t focus on Satan as much as on God’s love. Until I started Bible study with a young woman who was brought up Baptist and through some of our studies, I was awakened to more verses that deal with Satan in our lives. I used the word evil to understand that part of our belief, but it really doesn’t cover all of the circumstances. Thank you for your reminder to be watchful and to ask God for help. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

    Hi Ruth:
    Another excellent devotional. These and discussions we often have help me so much in my walk.

    Thanks for this! I have experienced these attacks myself. They seem particularly strong when I prepare to do the work, He has equipped me to do.
    I have minor panic attacks, think I’m second-rate. Then it gets done, and it was obviously to distract me from service. Feedback after the event says “none of the above” and puts me back on the track!
    Bless your ministry with the DD
    (B C)


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