Recognizing the Enemy

According to one version of a well known story, a woman is driving alone late at night on a highway when she notices a semi truck is tailgating her. Annoyed, she presses on the gas to lose him, but he does the same, sticking on her rear bumper like a fly to flypaper. The woman slows down with the same result. Occasionally the trucker would flash his lights, nearly blinding her. By this time, she has gone from being annoyed to fearing for her life. He obviously doesn't have good intentions but she can't shake him, no matter how hard she tries. Seeing an exit, she turns the car sharply at the last minute and takes it. She glances in her rearview mirror but to her horror, the truck is still on her tail. Pulling into a gas station, she jumps out of the car and runs for the door. The trucker leaps from his truck as well, but instead of chasing her, he runs to the back of her car, opens the door, and pulls a man out of her backseat.

How many times do we run away from the One who is trying to help us? Shortly after Adam and Eve had disobeyed their Creator by eating of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Bible tells us: "And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden" (Genesis 3:8). Ever since that day in the Garden of Eden, men and women have been trying to get away from God. Like the woman in the story, we see the One trying to help us as the enemy while failing to realize that the enemy is really a lot closer than we thought. God is always with us, longing to help us. We just need to accept the help He offers and remember who the enemy is.

Learning to recognize the enemy,

Pastor Sutherland