"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us - for we are not ignorant of his devices" - 2 Corinthians 2:11
Puritan writer Thomas Brooks penned this classic book, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, in the middle of the 17th century. Satan is the father of lies, so the Word tells us, and this is one of those schemes of his - to lie and plant seeds of doubt, like God doesn't really care, he doesn't value you, he doesn't truly love you.
Satan would love to plant the doubting thought in our minds so that we might further rest in our accomplishments, and seek pleasure as a salve for pain when our own designs do not satisfy (a common condition).
But this morning I woke to birds singing and a sun that is shining. And I know that I am not my own, but I was bought with a price, and further, that I can boast in nothing but Christ alone. Faithfulness is the goal here - even if it looks small and fragile; even though my name be rather small (and certainly feels small), we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Rom. 8:37). I thank you Lord for music to my ears, sun to my face, and the whispered kindness of my loving wife. Oh how he loves you and me!