The Fly Swatter
We see metaphors of God's Word in everyday life. This morning, I was awakened by the buzzing sound of an annoying fly. It continued to buzz around my head, as I attempted to read the Word. This persistent fly would not leave me alone. Deciding that I had enough of my unwanted visitor, I went to the living room to continue reading and praying. Yes, you guessed it; the pesky annoyance followed me. He was determined to distract and disrupt my peace and time with God.
No matter how much I tried to ignore him and concentrate on God's Word, his aerial feats became more aggressive and the buzzing of his wings sounded more like a jet engine, as he relentlessly dive-bombed my head. That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I retrieved the fly swatter from the hall closest and with stealth-like determination, set on a mission to rid myself of the pest. Standing in the living room, my eyes scanned the area, watching and waiting for another attack, when suddenly I spied the nasty little pest, happily resting on my Bible.
Just then, an amazing revelation came to me. Satan is like that fly. He's constantly buzzing around us like a drone. His mission is to torment, annoy, impair, and distract us from our relationship with God. His buzzing is filled with negative words, concerns, and thoughts that become so loud, that we can't concentrate on anything else. Instead of immediately dealing with him, we try to ignore or move away from his assaults. Yet those nagging thoughts and distractions follow us no matter where we go.
How ironic that of all places that the little intruder could have landed, he landed on my opened Bible, where, most appropriately, he met his demise. Fortunately, his mess was not left on the page, unlike the mess that Satan works to leave on the pages of our lives.
First, we must understand that Satan is a defeated foe. Yet, we often forget to wield the sword of God's Word. When we take a stand and speak the Word, we see the enemy retreat. Isn't that what Jesus did when Satan came to tempt Him in the desert? Three times Satan challenged Jesus, and three times Jesus spoke the Word to Satan. What happened? Satan left, and angels came and ministered to Jesus. Have we not been called to emulate our Lord and speak the Word?
A centurion approached Jesus and explained that his servant was sick with palsy and "grievously tormented." Jesus agreed to come and heal him, but the centurion said something remarkable. "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof: but speak the Word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come, ' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this, ' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, He "marveled," and said, "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." (Matthew 8:5-11)
Like this centurion, who recognized the dynamics of authority, we are to use authority provided through the sacrificial, cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. We must put that faith and authority into action and speak God's Word with full expectation that His Word will not return to us void. For God said, "So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
When we speak God's Word, it does not return to us empty. It prospers! As join-heirs with Christ, we are called to speak His Word and expect the enemy to retreat. Although Satan roams the earth as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, he was defeated at Calvary's cross (I Peter 5:8).
The next time the enemy flies around your head with deafening distractions, or thoughts of hopelessness, doubt, unbelief, accusations, distrust, self-recrimination and failure, remember that you carry a powerful "fly swatter" - the Word of God. Use it today, and speak the Word.
Submit your selves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Note: Satan is referred to in scripture as Beelzebub, meaning prince of the flies, a.k.a. prince of demons.