Thursday, October 11, 2012
Have you ever noticed how the road to hell always seems easier, more fun, than the path to heaven? Well, I'm not saying choose the path to hell, but that's kinda true. The devil is tricky; he can make you feel all alone and make your life absolutely horrible, then he throws a temptation at you that will pull you even farther from God, but at that time it doesn't seem so bad. We've all had those days where you wake up and the last thing you want to do is leave your cozy bed, but it's Sunday... Maybe you're thinking, "I'll just go back to sleep, it's not that big of a deal to miss church just this once." It's so easy to give into Satan and all his temptations. But you don't have to fight Satan alone!
As Father Ezra put it, "God is like an umbrella sheltering us from the devil." We need a shelter and strongtower and that would be God. He is the great protector. Sin is so tempting and hard to say no to. Everyone of us has been at that point in our lives where it's sin vs. God.
My friend added to Father Ezra's quote by saying, "as soon as you let even a finger out from under the umbrella, next it will be your whole hand, and before you know it, you will be dancing in the rain of Satan." Why do we do that? Why would we leave God's protection?
Well first of all, Satan's temptations may be "satisfying" for a little while. They are wrong, but he messes with your mind and makes you think that it's not really that bad. God's reward you have to keep working for, it's not an instant satisfaction, and yes, the road is long and difficult. But in the end it comes to: would you rather burn in hell? or be rewarded in heaven?