Have you ever dropped a penny on the ground, stooped over to pick it up, then got off-balanced, stumbled, fell to the ground hurting yourself? Was all that really worth the value of the coin? And … who did you blame? Was it the penny, yourself, or was it the Devil? The truth is, it doesn’t matter since you will likely never know and the damage has been done.
If you could go back, you would probably look down at the coin and wisely decide to continue on your way. Satan loves to trip us over small things. The reason for this is that it is generally a greater victory for him showing that he can cause us to slip on a banana peel or knock us down with a straw. It is the old boast of the Jebusites, when they told David they could defend Jerusalem by a garrison of the blind and lame. (2 Samuel 5:6)
Most of us manage better in our great struggles than we do in our minor ones. It wasn’t over a huge treasure of silver and gold that Adam fell, but of one little piece of fruit. Nevertheless, the result was that the entire world and all mankind has been made to suffer ever since.
We should keep a close watch for the little stumbling blocks in life and not let Satan laugh at us while telling his demons how he tripped us on a banana peel. Then, too, when the devil wants to hinder some great blessing in our lives, he generally throws some ugly shadow over it and makes it look distasteful to us. How many times has the devil succeeded in preventing us from receiving God’s greatest blessing? Many times he does this by keeping us from certain truths or places or persons which we avoided because of our false or foolish prejudice!
We must never forget who we are and who God has created us to be. When we do, we become putty in the Devil’s hands and subject to his every beck and call.
“Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” —1 John 4:4