Monday, 21 July 2008
At about 3:30 this morning, my neighbor's car was vandalized; yes, the same neighbor God blessed through me a week ago. A young man arbitrarily picked my neighbor's car out of all the others and proceeded to bash a hole in the windshield with a brick. I woke up to the noise, but before I could stumble out, another neighbor, armed with a knife, pulled a citizen's arrest on him.
After the police came and went, I began wondering how T-- would respond to this. I'm concerned because he seems to think that every bad thing that happens to him is God's doing. I tried explaining to him last Sunday that this is a fallen world in the Devil's hands, but I know not everyone believes in Satan.
I was thinking of the various reasons this happened to my neighbor, and the most likeliest may be that this enemy doesn't want him to discover Jesus. In the parable of the seed, Jesus said that for those who don't understand the Word they hear, the enemy can come in and steal that which has been sown in them. I had spent an hour telling my neighbor how much God loves him...and then this happened.
I didn't sugar-coat Christianity; I told T-- it is the hardest walk. I told him that when I began to turn back to Jesus, my life fell apart. Fortunately, I knew God well enough to know the source of the misfortune; I knew to look to Jesus and not to Satan and his machinations. But does T-- know that?
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:6-8, NLT
I'm waiting for the opportunity to tell him that the Devil doesn't want people to wake up from their stupor and realize the magnitude of Christ's love for us. I know Satan's trying to get my neighbor to blame this on God too, to turn from the path he began looking down last week. I need to tell him that the Devil only attacks people when they begin looking for Jesus.
Have you ever witnessed someone undergo spiritual attack after they got to know/became closer to Jesus? When have you experienced attacks?