Today’s Scripture: And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.  1 Samuel 23:14

Bobby was running as fast as he could. He looked behind him and saw that Matt was catching up. Just as Matt was about to reach out and tag him, Bobby yelled, “Timeout!” As Bobby stopped and caught his breath, he felt safe knowing he couldn’t be tagged while in the timeout.

My friend, there are no timeouts in the spiritual battles we face. Every day the devil is looking to get us to give in to compromising situations, rebellious attitudes, disbelief, and apathy towards the things of God. Just as Saul sought David every day, the devil seeks after us; he never gives up. But like David, we have a deliverer. God protected David from Saul, and He will protect us as well.

We are told to, “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). We need to realize the devil will attack us, and we must be prepared for those battles. Our strength to stand against the devil doesn’t lie in ourselves-it comes from God. God has provided everything we need to be able to “withstand in the evil day.” However, if we are not properly arrayed with all of the armor, Satan will attack us where we are unprotected.

The devil never stops seeking to devour. That is why we must always be vigilant. We cannot allow ourselves to take a break or think that the devil will stop trying. He will never be content to sit back and allow us to serve God unopposed. Even though the devil is constantly seeking whom he may devour, God is our deliverer and has provided the armament we need for the battles we face each day. In order to be victorious, we simply need to put on that armor. Through the reading of Scripture, the preaching of God’s Word, and diligent prayer, we can be ready to face whatever Satan has to throw at us.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder