Peace family, if you are at a crossroads, today is a good day to examine the questions that you are asking.
Over the weekend, some pains in my life reminded me how skilled Satan is in tempting us and trying to separate us from God. He still uses the same techniques today that he used in the Garden of Eden, because why should he change something that’s so effective?
Think back to Genesis. First, Satan misquoted God, saying, “Did God really say not to eat from any tree in the garden?” After Eve answered him, he told her that disobedience wouldn’t lead to any negative consequences (that she would not die for eating the forbidden fruit, which was the opposite of what God had said), and that God had only made that rule to keep her from getting something good (the knowledge of Good and Evil, which would make her and Adam like God). This is exactly what he says to us! How many times have you considered something that you know is wrong, but seems like it will satisfy you, and weighed the consequences?
As you look at your life, at what you want, what you’re fearful of or longing for, have any of these questions taken root in your heart?
*Did God really say that? Did He really mean it when he said that?
*Does He really know what’s best, particularly what’s best for me?
*Does He really care and is he really loving enough to care about what I need?
If you are asking any of those questions about choices in your life, be on your guard! Press into God, press into community, and fight! We often say to ourselves, “I am a Christian. I am big enough to handle a little of this,” and flirt with disaster, sometimes even spiritualizing our wrong choices. We should know by now the signs of Satan working in our lives! He is always suggesting that God doesn’t really care about us, he doesn’t really know what will suit us best, and that what He said doesn’t matter or was somehow misinterpreted.
Peace family, today, remember who God is, who he says he is, and the beauty of his character. Remember who you are, who God says you are, and his love for you. He knows your heart. He has a special relationship with you. He knows your needs. Trust in him and do not despair. Don’t give the devil a foothold. Let’s declare God’s goodness, his mercy, and our obedience to him, today.