I got up on Friday feeling just fine. Went to the dentist and still felt fine. It wasn’t until later in the day that all my muscles started to hurt, and I couldn’t get warm. No appetite, and my temp went up a couple of degrees.
The only thing I can figure out is that I’ve been fighting a cold for a couple of weeks now, and maybe it finally decided to leave, but not without a rip-roaring farewell party. I’m still weak this morning, and can’t seem to get enough sleep. So far, the coughing and sneezing have stopped. Sure did put a stop to my plans for the weekend, though. I’ve been pretty useless.
So I’ve been thinking about how my virus can be compared to sin. It can creep up on you a little at a time. Remember I Peter 5:8? “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Some years ago, I learned that there is a substance in a lion’s paws that absorbs sounds, so that when the lion is stalking prey, there is almost no noise as each pad sets down on the rustle of grass and twigs. That’s Satan, padding quietly about, looking for the weak, the one separated from the herd, the old, the sick. The vulnerable.
We are all vulnerable to temptation and sin. And when it gets a strong hold, as in II Cor. 10: 4-6, it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break the hold of sin and send it packing. In the process, there can be some damage, and confession and repentance must be a part of the process.
Just as we try to prevent physical illness by eating well, resting, exercising–so we must be on guard against spiritual illness by staying in prayer, in the Word, and fellowship with God’s people . Physical health must be purposefully maintained. So must spiritual health be purposefully maintained.