When Aiden was at our house last week, the “outside dog”, Buddy started barking. Aiden ran and looked out the front window, even though it was dark outside. He said, “Gammy – I think Buddy has treed a “nocturnal predator!” I just looked at him. “A what?” I said. He again repeated, “a nocturnal predator!” So, I asked him what that was – he replied, exasperatingly – “Gammy, it means ACTIVE AT NIGHT!” And, so it does – he did know what he was talking about. When asked what kind of nocturnal predator it might be, he thought for a minute and finally said, “Probably a possum.” Oh my, Steve and I just looked at each other – you never know what that boy is going to come up with next.
But it got me to thinking how there really is a nocturnal predator that we all need to be worried about – it’s Satan! “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) Yes, more crimes are committed under the cover of darkness. Satan does some of his best work on us when we allow ourselves to get in the dark. But, we are to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11) Paul also says, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) Just because we live in a “dark world”, we should let our “light shine, so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven!” (Matthew 5:16) We also need to look to THE Light – Jesus! He is that “true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12) Don’t let that ole’ “nocturnal predator” come after you! God Bless, Courtney