Shark Week! If you are a Discovery Channel fan, then you know what this means. The channel is concluding its annual Shark Week, where all the programs are shark focused. If you are like me and are old enough to remember, your mind may venture back to the movie Jaws in which a large white shark terrorized a tourist town in the north east. The opening scene of the movie was pretty horrifying where Chrissie makes the fatal mistake of taking a late night swim in the Atlantic Ocean. If you haven’t seen it, you can image what happens. Well, just how is this going to segue into Food For Thought you might be asking? Most of us would never think of going swimming in the ocean at night. This would seem like asking for trouble, and while you might feel bad for poor Chrissie, you probably think she was pretty stupid. The shark, much like the roaring lion of scripture, was on the prowl seeking who he might devour. Chrissie made it pretty easy for him. If you find yourself being devoured in life, or it just seems like you’re fighting off one attack after the other, stop and examine if perhaps you are making it easy for your adversary. And let’s be clear, your adversary is the devil. He’s the only opponent you really have and he will take advantage of any little mistake or misstep you make. More times than not, the biggest mistake we make is not first praying about things. We follow after our own thoughts and logic which, to us, seems clearly to be the right thing. But God may not agree and, all of a sudden, we are out of His will swimming off into the deep on our own. Don’t leave God out of the process. Consult Him in your decision making. Don’t be like Chrissie and give the devourer an easy late night snack!
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great
enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to
devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 1 Corinthians 3:19 (NLT)
is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12 (NLT)6 Don’t
worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done. Philippians