Deteriorating knee joints have forced me to use a cane. The thump, thump, thump as I walk across some surfaces is annoying. Recently, I was preaching Taylor County Camp Meeting in Butler, Georgia. It is a wonderful camp and I am always delighted when invited to serve as one of the evangelists. The wooden platform at the camp seemed to amplify the sound as I walked across to the pulpit.
As I passed the pianist/song leader, I said to her, “I wish the devil had a peg leg! It would make it hard for him to slip up on people”. The thumping sound would alert people of his presence. The next evening the song leader played and sang, to the delight of the congregation, a humorous song titled “I Wish the Devil Had a Peg Leg”.
From the beginning, we have been apprised of the devil’s presence. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (Genesis 3:1). From man’s first encounter with the devil, he has been man’s arch enemy. From day one, he has delighted in sneaking up on the person not paying attention. His tactics have been lying promises, deceit, slandering the saints, twisting scripture, and disguising himself as an angel of light.
Since the devil does not have a peg leg, we must heed the great Biblical admonition in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” We have not been left defenseless against our cunning foe. “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Verses 12 through 17 in that Ephesians passage carefully lay out the whole armor of God. The book of James provides additional advice: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We also have the powerful example of Jesus when He was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). He led the way in dealing with the devil. He did not ask us to do what He Himself didn’t do.
Don’t let the devil sneak up on you!
~ Brother Roy