“From Books I’m Reading-Disciplines of a Godly Man”
Kent R. Hughes

Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina

August 08 2018

When You Least Expect It:

The scriptures compare Satan to a lion and a snake. Both are stalkers and predators. Both operate in concealment and specialize in ambush. Satan is like this. He shoots his fiery darts from the shadows, and his temptations come in moments when our guards are down. In his book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, Kent Hughes has the following to say about the temptation of David.

David did not suspect anything unusual was going to happen on that fatal spring day. He did not get up and say, “My, what a beautiful day. I think I will commit adultery today!” May this lesson not be wasted on us, men. Just when we think we are the safest, when we feel no need to keep our guard up, to work on our inner integrity, to discipline ourselves for godliness — temptation will come!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer made the observation that when lust takes control, “At this moment God . . loses all reality. . . . Satan does not fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God.” What a world of wisdom there is in this statement! When we are in the grip of lust, the reality of God fades. The longer King David leered, the less real God became to him. Not only was his awareness of God diminished, but David lost awareness of who he himself was — his holy call, his frailty, and the certain consequences of sin. This is what lust does! It has done it millions of times. God disappears to lust-glazed eyes.”

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