It’s funny the simple things we can learn from animals all around us! The Bible often uses animals and insects to teach us lessons in life. Remember in Proverbs about the ant and in Luke about the sheep? I learned a lesson the other day from a squirrel! I watched out my window as one squirrel had a nut in its mouth and another squirrel was chasing him. The first squirrel, the one with the nut, ran every which way, back and forth, up one tree and down another. He even made incredible leaps, he probably ordinarily wouldn’t have made, from one tree to another. Why? He was not going to let that other squirrel get his prize no matter what it took!
After watching those two squirrels I thought about (1Pet.5:8) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” You see the 1st squirrel represents you and me with our prize, (Our Soul), running from the 2nd squirrel (The devil). I thought about how we must be determined and do whatever it takes to flee from the devil. To many times we simply give up, because after all, it takes courage and effort to do what is right doesn’t it? It takes persistence to keep doing whatever we must do to avoid him doesn’t it? It’s just too hard for many, they say, and yet God promises to help us! In (1Cor.12:13) we are told by the Spirit “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
The next time the devil comes after you, I want you to remember that 1st squirrel! He wasn’t going to let his prize go no matter how long or how much effort it took on his part. Our prize is our soul and the devil wants it, but if we resist him, he will flee from us. (Jms.4:7) “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I quit watching those two squirrels after that 2nd one gave up, so I don’t know if he ever came back and chased that 1st one again. The devil will always come back, but like that 1st squirrel, I pray it can be said of you and me, HE NEVER GAVE UP!