Daily Readings: Genesis 3-4, Psalm 1, Matthew 2
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?’”
“Did God really say…?” How often has that been the start of a wandering thought, whispered in our ear, that has started us down a different path in life? For most Christians this is a constant battle. There have been many times in my own life where I was completely unaware that the battle was even taking place. There have been times I can look back and see God forcefully shutting a door that I was about to walk through unaware it might lead to destruction.
It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for the enemy to sow seeds of doubt. I have had more conversations than I can remember where someone truly felt that God was leading them down a certain path while they were at a good spot in their life, only to abruptly change course when that path becomes hard, frustrating, inconvenient, etc.
It starts with a whisper. “Did God really say…?”
In my life I want to attribute God’s voice to my own emotions. What would be easiest for Aaron? When those thoughts start leading me away from a path I previously felt God had clearly put me on, I want to believe that God is pushing me in that new, easier direction instead of admitting this may be the enemy using a moment of weakness. This goes for decisions big and small.
“Is that actually a big deal? Do you really need to do that? God would want you to be happy, right? Did God really say…?”
In Psalm 1 today we read: “Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” -Psalm 1
This is the reason it is so critical to be spending intentional time with God every single day and allowing God to speak to us, quieting our minds to give him space to respond. I want to be a tree planted by the stream. I want to give God’s voice so much space that the enemy can’t wiggle his way in. God wants that for us as well.
Thought to ponder
What are frequent thoughts I tend to dwell on in my life currently that may be subtle whispers from the enemy? How do I feel about these things when in a good place? What is God’s truth about this issue?