The neighborhood hawk was sitting peacefully perched in a high tree scanning the area for prey. From out of nowhere came a mockingbird that started to dive bomb the hawk. This activity kept up until the hawk got tired of the constant pestering of the mockingbird and left the area. I have even noticed eagles being mercilessly pestered by smaller birds. It seems the bigger the bird and the more of a threat he is to the smaller bird’s domain, the more they are bothered. Such activity is understandable in the feathered world.
In the spiritual world I have noticed something similar. The closer to the Lord you get and the higher you fly in your relationship with Christ, the more you will be pestered by the enemy. The devil seems to level more of his attacks at those believers and those churches who are a vital threat to his domain. Those people who are trying to win the lost to Christ, those believers who have a powerful prayer life, and those churches who have decided to take their ministry outside their four walls are the ones that the devil tries to hinder the most.
Paul spoke often about the opposition of Satan in his ministry. He related to the Thessalonians: “Therefore we wanted to come to you--even I, Paul, time and again--but Satan hindered us” (1 Thess. 2:18). He also warned believers not to allow Satan to take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11). The devil is like a mockingbird going after those who have the audacity to invade his territory. But there is some amazing good news in the scriptures. We have overcome Him by the blood of the Lamb. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. And the Bible also tells us that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.
Are you being pestered? Perhaps the enemy considers you a worthy adversary and a threat to his kingdom. Stand firm and soar on child of God!
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation