Like many other children, while growing up I had some ‘interesting’ relatives.  I had one great uncle, Fred, who was very easy to remember, a true character.  While camping we were constantly bothered by mosquitoes and black fly.  Because the black fly were so small Uncle Fred referred to them as ‘no see ‘ems’.  The name was appropriate.  You rarely saw them coming.  All you did was feel the bite or find the itchy, red spot later.

    Sin in our life often comes to us as ‘no see ‘ems’.  We don’t see it coming.  All we feel is the after effects.  It is come and gone, leaving its mark, before we have to chance to either recognize it or react.  God understands this.  He would like us to see the sin and refuse it before it arrives.  Too often, however, we don’t.  We fall into the trap.  1 Peter 5:8 warns us to be on the watch for Satan as he wanders around looking to surprise us.  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.’ (KJV)

    The good news is that God still loves and forgives us when this happens.  If we go to Him and confess and repent, He is quick to forgive.

Published by Ray Richards