Two years ago, my dad and I drove up to our new house in Kenner, LA. We pulled the U-haul into the driveway and walked up to the front door. We went inside, perusing the different rooms and jotting down what handyman work my Dad was planning on doing before he left at the end of the weekend. With a half-page list ready to start and our belongings packed carelessly in the back of the truck, Pops and I walked back out to the rental vehicle to unload. There was just one problem: I accidentally locked the doors of the truck with the keys still dangling in the ignition.
Pops asked me if I had a “Slim Jim” or “Wedge and Bar” (layman terms for tools to unlock car doors from the outside). I reminded him that they were illegal to own, and with a chuckle that suggested “it wouldn’t surprise me if you had one anyway,” he moved to plan B. We walked inside and got a coat hanger from the closet. 45 minutes later we finally maneuvered the slender metal rod under the latch and popped it open. After a quick high-five, we started unloading the truck, with my dad slipping the key in his front pocket, just in case.
We didn’t have the specific tools to work with, but we got the job done. And Satan works the same way in our lives everyday. We may be trying to avoid the “obvious” sins that we battle with everyday, like lying, gossiping, and other personal areas of struggle, but Satan will use other nonconventional ways to get into our lives. Having a negative attitude towards other people or things is a constant problem in the Church today. Satan will test our patience when we drive, talk with unpleasant people, and then hit us where it hurts the most when we are the weakest. He doesn’t care how the job gets done, as long as he succeeds in pulling us away from a daily relationship with the Father. So watch out, and remember to combat the devil and his schemes by spending time in the Word and praying daily.
“Be of sober mind, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith;” -1 Peter 5:8-9a