Ant Attack

Friday, February 25, 2022
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Three years ago, I volunteered at Gleanings for the Hungry, a mercy ministry in Dinuba, California, USA. One of my jobs was gardening. I like weeding, usually. I like the way that a neat and tidy garden looks, as a result of pulling up tenacious weeds. When I was asked to weed the rock garden, I strapped my kneelers on and began attacking the weeds one by one.

One day, I encountered some opposition to my satisfying job. As I dug around, ants came pouring out of one tiny tunnel, and before I knew it, I was bitten several times. These tiny fire ants are only about three millimetres long, but boy, can they bite! After the initial sting, the bites got itchy, even keeping me awake at night. I tried various homemade remedies, but the bites took a few days to heal. I had almost forgotten the dangers of gardening.

Later, my gardening partner, Cheryl, and I were thinning out some overcrowded areas of Aloe Vera plants to be planted in areas with no plants. I now knew better than to kneel comfortably on the concrete, so, standing up, I leaned over the plants with a pair of long-handled pruning shears to cut the thick suckers connecting them. Snip! A baby plant was severed. I went for another plant. Oh no! Here come the ants! Thousands of ants swarmed everywhere! Jumping back with a yelp, I peeled off my gloves and began brushing the ants off my arms. They were even all over my hoodie, so I quickly threw it off with a vigorous shake. I kept up the brushing and shaking, and the ants kept coming. My partner felt sorry for me, so she got me some ice and told me to take it easy for the rest of the day.

The ant attack reminds me of what many versions of the Bible call the "wiles of the devil".

Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV)

The Amplified Bible describes them as "the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil".

The devil, like the ants, attacks suddenly, without warning. Like the ants going for bare skin, the devil goes for areas that he knows are our weak spots.

The attack may be subtle, just as the tiny ants look so innocuous. An attack from the enemy of our soul, if not properly resisted, has effects like the bite of a fire ant. The good news is:

James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)

Let's keep wearing the protective armour that God provides, and stand against the wiles of the devil — those tricks meant to trap us.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for providing us with special armour to protect us from the wiles of the devil. Thank You that in this way, we can resist the devil, and he will flee from us. Help us to remember the armour, and remember to resist. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for the reminder, Alice.

    Thanks for a good word today, Alice.

    Like ants, Alice, I have asked God numerous times why did You create black flies or mosquitoes? Blessings.

    Thank you for sharing this instructive devotional with us. May God keep us all safe from the fire ants of sin! Blessings.

    I can personally vouch for WD-40 as an agent to protect and heal fire ant bites. Spray it on quickly and no swelling will occur and no aftermath of infection.

    Thanks, Alice. We were talking about this in ladies Bible study — how the devil knows just the right time to attack and how we need to command him, in God’s name, to leave.

    Ouch. Poor you.
    This message is a very good reminder to us all to always cover ourselves with God’s armour.
    Thank you,
    (ON. Canada)

    Good morning, Alice,
    Your writing this morning sure brought back memories of the times I ran into ant nests and had them racing all over me too. Not pleasant happenings for sure. You have presented a great analogy bringing the power of our loving Saviour into the situation. He is ever present for us. Blessings for these writings you prepare for devotionals.

    My husband doesn’t believe in ‘weeds.’ He believes that God knew what He was doing when he made all plants co-operative with one another, needing one another. I do know the saying about weeds just being plants in the wrong place, but HE believes that they are exactly where they should be. I am somewhere in the middle. At any rate, thank you for a fascinating look at defining ‘evil,’ which we both know sure exists in the world – AND we know, thank heavens, God’s gift of safe passage through. Thanks for sharing this.

    Dear Alice, I hear you, and fully understand your feelings, ouch! Last summer I was twice badly stung by bees … had to take meds but we all know that bees are almost essential. After reading your devotional I decided to look up ants as I have wondered all of my adult life what they could possibly be here on earth for. What I found when I looked it up on the computer is mind boggling. God is good!!
    Thank you so much for helping me learn this and for all you do as you share your faith with others.

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