Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. Proverbs 16:27 (TLB)
I read a good post today by a brother in Christ called Jonathan Morgan about temptation, I would recommend it to you if you feel like being challenged. It was this post that reminded me of the saying “the devil makes work for idle hands.” I heard this often during my childhood from my mum and gran, not in chastising but more in warning.
When reading Jonathan’s post I was reminded also of Matthew 12:43-45, about an evil spirit who was evicted from a house. The spirit after eviction had returned to find the house empty, there was now plenty of room for evil and more evil colleagues. In my mind this tied in with my mum and gran’s saying, an empty house or heart are nice targets for satan. The evil one is crafty, always looking for victims to tempt every day.
It may surprise you, but I am not perfect. So nice of you to be shocked, your too kind. Over the decades I have had my share of temptation, and sometimes I have fallen. With age comes wisdom, I now know my weaknesses and how to avoid them. One way to avoid temptation is to stay busy in the things of God, not leaving empty space for the tempter. Look at it this way, if the evil spirit in Matthew 12 returned and found a Bible study/prayer meeting do you think he would hang around long? No I don’t think so either!
Finally dear reader, Philippians 4:8 gives us great guidance in respect of how to use our time: Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.