Elpis (pronounced “L-peace”, the Greek word for “hope”) the donkey and her antics often leave me laughing. This morning, it was her daily summer beauty treatment. While filling the stock tank near her stall, she walked over to her bare spot and lay down. Next, she rolled back and forth, side-to-side, creating a mini-dust storm. As she’s doing this, she’s braying softly as if to say “Oh Papa, this feels so good!” She stops for a few seconds, examines herself, and then contorts her body in a different position to get the missed spots.
In reality, she is coating herself with a layer of sand that keeps the flies and other insects from biting her throughout the warm spring and summer days. The dust, and sometimes mud in the winter months, also helps insulate them from extreme weather. You might enjoy seeing them in action here (Donkeys Rolling in the Dirt – YouTube).
As I watched her giving herself a proper dusting, God impressed upon me how we too must insulate ourselves from the evils of this world that seek to ensnare us. We do that through applying those often forgotten words in Ephesians 6:10-17.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power
of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in
the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded
your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having
shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all,
taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts
of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God;” (Ephesians 6:10-17, NKJV)
As I stood there watching my silly friend playing in the sand, I thought to myself, the armor of God, don’t leave home without it. God also reminded me of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:13, which reads, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” That way of escape is going before the throne of God and praying for grace in our time of need. We must pray for God’s help to withstand the temptation before we fall into Satan’s trap. When we pray for God’s help, we can pray His promise. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV)
I don’t suggest coating yourself with a layer of sand, as you get quite dry and your spouse won’t let you in the house. It happens to me every time I rake hay. Instead, consider insulating your spirit against the world by starting your day with a healthy dusting of God’s word; and don’t forget to apply the prayer as often as needed.
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