Pastor's Pen: Bear watch

Canada is amazing.  We were out in the boat and saw the fish jumping, loons diving in the water, beavers swimming and the sky full of color.  We also caught a lot of fish.  God has made a wonderful creation for us to enjoy.

But don’t let the beauty fool you.  There is still the need to be on guard.  One night, while Don and I were cleaning fish, Mark comes running out.  We learned, rather quickly, that there was a bear outside the cabin.  It had been curiously wondering around the back and made its way to the side kitchen window startling those inside.

Mark ran for his camera and took a few pictures and video.  Don and Mark then yelled at the bear and eventually it ran off.  But there was still work to be done.  We had to finish cleaning the fish.  But we cleaned them a little differently this time.  Don and I were a little faster while Mark was lookout for the bear as we cleaned.   In all the beauty of nature, there was still danger.

The same is true in our lives.  We can walk along with God.  Our day is going well.  Life is working out.  We haven’t sinned for a while, but then, suddenly, temptation strikes and we give in.  We have to keep watch.  You have to watch for compromises and ‘little sins’, as well as, false doctrine.  When talking of the disciples future suffering for following Christ, Jesus told the disciples, “You must be on your guard” (Mark 13:9).  Paul says the same to the people of Corinth, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

That’s good advice for us today.  Enjoy life.  Live it to the fullest (John 10:10) as God desires, but don’t let your guard down.  One day, if you know Christ, you will be able to lay your armor aside.  But, for now, in this life, the battle rages.  “Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  (1 Peter 5:8)