“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~ I Peter 5:8

My toaster is psychologically manipulative.

Laugh all you want, but it’s true.

One of the breakfast meals my son just loves is to have a toaster waffle and a banana.  Thus, using the toaster for this particular meal is key.  However, my toaster does not always deign to work correctly.  Some days, you put the waffle in, push the little lever down, bam – the waffle pops right back out, cold.  Sometimes, you put the waffle in, watch, and wait – only to have it pop up as soon as your back is turned.  You can push the lever down with the waffle again and again, and it will keep popping the frozen waffle back up, in ever shortening increments.

But what saves the toaster from utter doom are days like today, when it works just fine.  These days are few and far between, but occur just often enough to give me the (albeit false) hope that one of these days the toaster will start working correctly again.

I think that we can be lured into doing the wrong thing when the enemy uses tactics like this.  The manipulation that maybe we’ll get what we want this time can be a very powerful thing.  The brass ring of false hope can continue to entice us down a darker and darker path, with something going our way just often enough to keep us from realizing what’s going on – and where it is we’re actually headed.

So stay alert.  Keep your wits about you.  We face a powerful enemy while we live in this world, but never forget that he has already been beaten by the triumphant God we worship.