The month of March can be quite fickle at times. Some years it's like a prelude to spring, while others "Old Man Winter" wants to hang on for all it's worth. We never really know just what to expect, this we do know, the days are getting longer, and I for one am looking forward to spring. I am reminded of a passage from the Old Testament (Joshua 24:15) "And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." The people, the Hebrews, fell prey to the world. They had forgotten all that God had done for them by getting their release from the Egyptians where they were held as slaves for over 400 years. They forgot how God had provided for them in their journey from Egypt, how He had fed and provided water for them and their livestock. They had come under the influence of their surroundings and the country where they were living at the time. Yes, they were easy prey.
It's no different than us today. We can be easily swayed by our surroundings, be they different customs or different people. The "world" is out to trip us up. To put stumbling blocks in our paths, to cause us to pause and reconsider on a regular basis. One only needs to look around at all that is going on to see our adversary the devil is working overtime. To get us over to his side. Trust me, he is out to get as many as he possibly can. He may be the ruler of this world, but we are not of this world, oh yeah, we are in this world, but we are not of it, we're just passing through. Our eternal home is in heaven, this place is just temporary. Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10-11, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil".