A thief was in my car Sunday night. It’s not uncommon in the small, somewhat peaceful town I call home. When night falls, thieves canvass the area for money and items of value. A friend and neighbor’s car was broken in just a few weeks ago. I started leaving the carport light on at night hoping it would steer the vandals away. I also made sure our vehicles were locked and secured. Then came Sunday night. It was our annual Pastor’s Open House. My wife and I opened our home up Sunday afternoon, enjoying food and fellowship with our church family. It was such a chaotic day, we forgot to lock the doors on our vehicles. My daughter noticed it Monday morning. Both cars had been pilfered through. Nothing was taken thankfully. Lori’s purse was in the house. My wallet was in my car, but the thieves didn’t find it.
I am reminded of a warning in the Bible. Jesus said this of Satan, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” Just as thieves scour my town, Satan scours our lives, looking for an easy target, a mind that is unlocked, a heart that is not secure in prayer, a family that has neglected the Word. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”