Scattered throughout the New Testament, are Jesus' urging His followers to stay awake, alert and to be watchful. With that in mind, I've often thought about 2 Cor 2:11...
...in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
(2 Cor. 2:11 NIV)
Definitions of "schemes" include:
An underhand plot; A clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something; A systematic plan of action…
I get a little nervous, thinking that our daily enemy is truly, actively, plotting for our ultimate ruin… Some people refuse to believe that there really are forces of evil present and working in this world. For that refusal…it's score 1 for the enemy. He's pretty big on using deception of all forms on the battlefield to his advantage.
Thankfully for us,
Because God is for us, we can lift up our heads and keep trudging along the road-knowing that HIs ever-present help is always available.
Speaking of tactics, in my life, I've noticed some operational tactics that God appears to be employing, in order to restore me and to foster learning. One thing I've noticed consistently, is a "reversal" of things.
I've been "used" for reversals, too. More than once, I've had the luck of physically resembling someone's "enemy"…and I ended up doing something to help them of an "above and beyond" measure (according to them).
Initially scary people, have turned out to be incredibly softy, helper-types that I resonate with. "Grandmas" have turned out to have fascinatingly youthful, imaginative sides.
Where there was seemingly nobody around..someone mysteriously arrived and offered comfort to me. LIke at the gravesite…Or that time my empty dining table chairs-suddenly each held the Spiritual presence of my departed family.
When lost amidst the towering skyscrapers in the heart of heartless downtown Chicago-an office man "happened" to be outside, approached me and kindly gave needed directions. And there was the employee at Butchart Gardens (in Canada), who seemed to vanish the second after seemingly materializing only to tell me where the water fountain was. I was incredibly thirsty, and had only seconds left before my tour bus departed. Not only did I have my thirst quenched, I was given increased reassurance, that God knows our needs...and responds. No matter how far away from "Home"…I LOVE God's tactics! (does happy dance!)