DayBreaks for 7/11/19: Elevator Music and Emergencies
Just this past week I was up in British Columbia doing some salmon fishing with my great friend, Ken. As is the case with all good things (except God!), they must come to an end, and we found ourselves getting on a puddle-jumper plane to take us back to Vancouver from Campbell River, BC. This plane look like a flying breadbox. It wasn’t round – it was more square, and the wings looked about 3 sizes too small to be able to provide enough lift to get the beast off the ground.
As we prepared to pull away from the gate, they started the familiar ritual of running through the emergency instructions. As the flight attendant read the instructions (this wasn’t like a big jet that has a tape deck where they play the instructions from a cassette!!!), there was elevator music playing in the background – soothing, calming, almost loud enough to make one drift off to sleep. And that’s when it struck me: this was a parallel for life and how Satan plays against the Word of God.
God’s Word is full of instructions – emergency instructions, if you please – about how to avoid a coming firestorm, how to avoid self-inflicted catastrophies and injury in life, how to avoid burn-out, self-destruction, guilt, shame, divorce and a life lived in utter meaningless. Many people (though fewer than in past decades) know what is in the Good Book because they’ve heard it so many times. But in the background, subtle but ever present, is Satan’s elevator music. His music is intended to make us think, “This kind of stuff won’t happen to me, so I don’t need to worry about it. I’m safe. All those warnings are just the fantasies of some God who simply likes to be in control and have His own way.” The elevator music of Satan is designed to make us relax, to not listen as closely, or to think about the consequences of ignoring God’s instructions. Let’s face it: no one likes to listen to scary warnings about crashing and burning or going down over water, but everyone likes music, right?
Don’t let Satan’s elevator music drown out the voice and wisdom of God. Let His Word through to your heart and mind and soul, take it serious, for He knows whereof He speaks!
PRAYER: Awaken in us a sense of urgency to hear Your voice and alert us to the subtle lullabies Satan would sing to our hearts to make us dull and sleepy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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