Summary: Victory strategies from Jesus when your faith is under attack.
In a National Geographic article about the Portia spider, author Robert Jackson detailed the various ways it deceives its prey. Sitting still, the spider looks like a piece of dried leaf or foliage until a meal walks by. It will also crawl onto another spider’s web and tap the threads, mimicking the actions of a trapped insect. When the host spider appears, the Portia devours it. Deception is the Portia’s primary tool.
Satan is like the Portia spider in that deception is his primary weapon of choice. One of his favorite ploys is to get you so sidetracked by your emotions that you are ready prey for his attack on your faith.
Why should you trust in Jesus more than in your emotions? Why is this a good strategy when your faith is under attack?
Did you notice how Christ knew every detail about Peter’s denial? Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows this day, you will say three times that you don’t know me."
Christ is aware of the attacks on your faith even before you are. You can’t possibly be going through something alone when He is aware of your circumstances. God can’t possibly be uncaring if He is concerned enough to pay attention to the details of your life. Jesus informed Simon Peter that the attack was coming. Christ’s awareness of the attack on Simon’s faith was in detail.
There isn’t a single detail of your testing that Christ doesn’t already know about!
One of the most well known attacks on a man’s faith was the assault by Satan on Job. Like Simon Peter, Satan requested permission from God to launch an assault on Job’s faith. While Job was fighting through his battle he said this about God.
Job 31:4 (NLT) He sees everything I do and every step I take.
Job was struggling but he knew that God was watching and caring. God sees every step you take. He knows every thing you struggle with, every difficulty you face.
The Bible also says this about God.
Psalms 37:23b (NLT) The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Circle "every detail." There isn’t anything about your life that God doesn’t know about and there certainly isn’t anything that He doesn’t care about. The Bible says He delights in the details of your life! He gets pleasure knowing about every single thing that goes on in your life.
Deb and I have had this ongoing discussion about details during our nearly 29 years of marriage. When we’re having a conversation she usually loves to tell about things in detail and I, on the other hand, like to get to the bottom line. I want to skip the details. That’s probably a guy thing. But she forgives me and loves me anyway and I try to work on listening to more details. But because I’m human I fail.
God doesn’t fail. He’s always interested in the details. He wants you to know that you can trust Him by telling you that He is watching every detail of your struggle. He knows that the attack on your faith is difficult. He knows more about what’s going on than you do – just like Jesus knew more about the struggle Simon Peter was facing than Simon knew himself.