Today, March 15, is the Ides of March. Perhaps you have heard the saying “beware the Ides of March” which comes from the fact that Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day way back in history — I forget the year it happened — probably in 50 something B.C. (actually it was in 44 B.C., I just looked it up). He was killed by a group of so-called friends including his bosom buddy and life-long pal Brutus — “e tu Brute?” and then Caesar died. And this is why we beware the “Ides of March”. It has become a superstition that this day has become a bad thing.
If you think of the Ides of any other month, they are not a bad thing. For instance you don’t hear people saying “beware the Ides of April” or of May, June, July or any other month for that matter. The word “ides” by the way, refers to the middle part of any month, so it is okay to refer to July 15 or thereabout, as the “ides of July”. However, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to do so.
Ol’ Julius had reason to “beware the Ides of March, but do you have any “ides” in your life that you should beware of? What I am referring to are those sins that sneak up on us and catch us unawares. Or maybe they are things going on in our lives that we choose to ignore. For example, Caesar must have had some inkling that something was up with his so-called friends, but he, being Caesar, figured he was safe and chose to ignore the threat on his life.
The point that I am making is this — we must be diligent in our walk of faith. Satan is devious. Remember that he can appear to be an angel of light, but is really a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. One of our most important weapons against the attacks of Satan is prayer. Remember that Satan will try to limit our prayers because he knows our prayers will limit him. Another important tool is our reading of the Scriptures. A friend recently sent me two statements regarding the Scriptures. For example, do you know what Bible stands for? Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. The other is as follows: When Satan sees you carrying your Bible, he gets a headache. When he sees you opening it, he collapses. When he sees you reading it, he faints, and when he sees you living what you have read, he flees.
Remember the One who lives in you and that through His finished work on the Cross you are more than a conqueror through Him Who loved us. The grace that God has shown us is His good and perfect gift to us whom He has chosen to be His children.