In 1540, the Spanish were making claims in the New World and were fervently exploring Mexico. The Native Indians, however, were not happy about these foreigners taking their land and wealth. So perhaps to rid themselves of the adventurers, they distracted the Spaniards with the legend of the Seven Cities of Cíbola.
Cíbola was a “city of gold” full of treasures beyond imagination and far, far away from the Indian’s clay villages. The Spaniards had come to increase the riches of Spain, and now the promise of wealth lay just ahead in these golden cities! So, led by Francisco de Coronado, three hundred Spaniards and hundreds of captive Indians went forward to search for these fictitious cities.
On and on they wandered for two years before Coronado and his army finally realized they had been fooled.
The Devil tries to distract us with modern Cíbolas, too. He makes things look fun that actually have very bad consequences. Sometimes he camouflages his Cíbolas in good things, like buying a new car. Cars aren’t bad-a car is a useful invention. Yet, is it really a good thing, when you have to work on Wednesday nights, and skip prayer meetings to pay for a newer more expensive car? Is a new house really necessary when it forces you to put in more hours at work, cramming your devotions into five minutes of hasty reading or one breath prayers? Check your goals and see if maybe they aren’t among them some Cíbolas, and if they’re not mere distractions.
Coronado dragged his men over three-thousand miles before he realized he had been tricked. Don’t wait until it’s to late to wake up and see you have been fooled! Don’t fall for the Devil’s myths. Don’t waste three-thousand miles in the wrong direction. Rather, “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Stay focused; watch out for any Cíbolas in your life. Don’t get distracted and lose sight of God so you won’t lose the chance to arrive at the true City of Gold, Heaven.