by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
We just celebrated one of my favorite holidays. Thanksgiving. I think it’s one of my favorite holidays because I love a good turkey dinner! I also enjoy a day of relaxation, food, and fun with family. (Did I just mention food twice?) But it can also be a beautiful day of reflection about what we have to be thankful for. Even when our circumstances are difficult, and there is no doubt they can be, we can always find something to be thankful for. As I was reflecting this morning on what I am truly thankful for, I realized that yes, I am thankful for my family, my friends, and a house that shelters us, but I am most thankful for that fact that my God IS!
Recently, I have noticed a hawk in the same general area when I’m driving near my home. Every time I approach the hawk he flies away in the opposite direction. I didn’t think much of this until it happened over and over. We spent Thanksgiving this year at my in-laws' home. They live on a dirt road that I really enjoy running on. I can run for miles with no one around, with no cars (for the most part), and surrounded by nothing but farmland.
During my morning run on Thanksgiving Day, I noticed a hawk sitting on a telephone pole. As I approached him, he flew in the opposite direction. As he landed on another telephone pole he kept his eye on me. Approaching him again, he flew away. This happened over and over until he finally gave up, realizing I was simply going to continue my advance, and he flew away not to be seen again.
Whenever I see something over and over again, I ask God to reveal what He might be showing me. What I realized was that a hawk is a predatory bird. Birds of prey hunt, catch, and kill their prey. There is no greater predator than Satan himself. In fact, we’re told in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” His mission is to completely destroy us.
And why did my consistent, diligent approach toward that hawk cause him to flee from me? Because he recognized he is no match for me. Predators only attack for the kill when they know they can overcome.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them [the spirit of the Antichrist], because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Ah, this is our secret weapon. You see, when we battle in our own power, we are sure to lose, but when we battle with the power of the Almighty God, we will surly overcome! There will be trials, difficult circumstances, tough times, and certainly onslaughts from the enemy, but when we understand that God IS, we walk in His power!
And just like my hawk, though Satan may buffet, we must hold our ground. We are told to, “resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) When we resist him, he flees. How do we resist him? Well, it may not be as simple as continuing on your run, but . . . wait, it really is. Resist him by continuing in the faith and seeking Christ. Spend time in the Word daily, spend time in prayer with Him, spend time worshiping Him, spend time praising Him with thanksgiving, spend time serving Him and serving others, and spend time with Him. Resist Satan by putting Christ first in everything you do.
God IS . . . all-powerful, unstoppable, beyond our circumstances, mighty, and He IS God! God is much bigger than we think He is. And we must know that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
So, as we reflect on what we have to be thankful for, reflect on the fact that if you are in Christ, you have a weapon in your life beyond measure. There is no predator more powerful than God. Our God IS!