Luke 4 v 13 “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.”
Jesus would experience further attacks of the devil in terms of the stealing of the message from people’s hearts (Luke 8:12), separating and sifting (Luke 22:31), lies (John 8:44), promptings (John 13:2).
Further, there are attacks of sickness (Acts 10:38), all kinds of deceit and trickery (Acts 13:10), pretence (2 Corinthians 11:14), footholds (Ephesians 4:27), schemes (Ephesians 6:11), blocking our attempts (1 Thessalonians 2:18), traps (1 Timothy 3:7), attacks of suffering (Revelation 2:10).
When does all this take place? At opportune times.
Some Christians don’t believe in a personal devil so they don’t have to think about this.
However, for us who do, we need to safeguard over opportune times where we are most likely to experience further attacks from the devil.
Last night I was listening to the radio whilst driving as a group of presenters and Sri Lankan politicians were discussing how long their government and Security Council had known that terrorist attacks were planned against the Christian churches and hotels some of which had been advertising Easter events at their premises. It seems it was for at least 17 days! Over 2 weeks of knowing that the enemy was planning an attack and yet nothing was done about it and apparently the President said no one had told him. There is a lot of anger in Sri Lanka today.
If you have been a Christian for a while then you should know when the devil is more susceptible to attack you.
For me an opportune time for the devil to attack me is:
- When I have been successful in something there is a tendency to not lean so much upon God for His help.
- When I am perhaps only a short time away from a significant event there is a tendency to be more sensitive to emotions and temptations that will weaken my confidence entering into that season of possible blessing.
- When I am tired I tend to be too weak and open to all kinds of attacks.
- When I am impatient for God to move and/or impatient for God’s people to move I tend to want to take things into my own hands to speed things up a bit.
It is important to know those opportune times for you.
But know this also:
- Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)
- Do not be afraid of what the devil can do to you (Revelation 2:10)
- The devil is a loser who continues to lose and who loses for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).