Zealous Without Knowledge
Using discernment to identify life's situations.
As a child, I would love to play basketball. There was always one child that couldn’t play well but hung around and kept at it, even at the risk of looking foolish. Do you remember seeing a child play one on one, get the ball from his opponent, and run to the opposite hoop, throw the ball, and miss again and again?
Finally the opponent catches up to him and takes the ball easily. The child will have an open shot repeatedly, with no one blocking, no one distracting him, and no other apparent reason to miss the shot except that he didn’t have the necessary talent, skills, and abilities. He had plenty of motivation, but it just wasn’t enough.
All too often people do the same thing in their lives and never seem to understand why it appears they are failing. It may not be that what they are doing is wrong; they just may be pursuing their goal in the wrong manner. They will even use certain phrases such as, “The devil is busy!”, but don’t realize they are giving him far too much credit.
The devil doesn’t always have to have a hand in our shortcomings. Sometimes a lack of talent, skills, and ability is the reason we miss the “basket” repeatedly. Sometimes we fumble the ball, attract unnecessary attention, and miss the basket on our own. By doing these things, we allow the devil to catch up with us and merely take the ball from us. We may be so distracted that we don’t even hear him come up behind us. That makes his job so easy!
We should endeavor to prepare ourselves physically and spiritually to avoid or at least lessen the effects of an attack.