The Bluff

One of my children’s favorite books is The Gruffalo. In case you haven’t read it, it is a rhyme of a mouse walking through a deep, dark forest. Along the way he meets a fox, an owl and a snake. All natural predators, in case you didn’t pick that up. They each try to trick him into sharing a meal with them, where obviously he will become the meal. He in turn replies that he cannot come to their place to eat because he’s meeting a “gruffalo.” They ask him what a gruffalo is and he feeds them whatever features he thinks will scare them the most. If you have read this story to your kids, I’m sure you can hear it in your head. “His eyes are red his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all down his back.” They suddenly get scared and leave the mouse alone. He chuckles and moves on laughing that they fell for his trick. Ultimately, he runs into this fabled creature, and the gruffalo looks at the small mouse and comes right out to say he’s going to eat him, no tricks. The mouse replies that the gruffalo should be afraid of him because he, the mouse, is the scariest creature in the wood. The gruffalo scoffs. The mouse then convinces the gruffalo to follow him through the forest and see what happens. As they walk they run into the snake, owl, and fox again the animals run away in fear. The gruffalo believes they are running away from the mouse and ends up running away in fear as well.

How often the Devil walks through the world tricking people into thinking he’s the scariest creature in the universe. We run in fear, shake in our boots, and give in to his temptations thinking we aren’t powerful enough to defeat him. He’s like the stooge in an old movie with his hand in his pocket pretending to point a gun, when in reality it’s just his finger. We as children of the most high God have high powered assault rifles and we lay down our weapon in front of him. That’s ridiculous! The only power he has is the trickery. Call him on his bluff. He can make it hard on you, yes! He can try messing with your thoughts and your motivation, but greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

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