“My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” – Job 23:11-12 NIV
First, let me tell you that this scripture from Job does NOT describe me! No, I’ve been pretty much the opposite of these words for most of my adult life. It isn’t anything I’m proud of, but it is true. To me, there is a distinct dichotomy. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah. I believe in the Trinity, the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I know that the Bible is the Word of God, spoken through man, as a guidebook for us to live by. I believe in my heart that all of these things are true…..yet for years I lived as if they were all at lie.
There are many people living the same way right now, knowing the Truth yet living the lies of our enemy, Satan. These are people who, like I did, profess Christianity with their mouths while living lives full of anger and deceitfulness, backstabbing and envy, ambition over family, infidelity, and so on. The lies of the enemy are powerful, blatant, and loud. He drowns out the Words of God with his smoke and mirrors, every time we give him an opening. Satan has mouse bones….. know what those are? A mouse can squeeze through openings that are entirely too small for their body to fit through. Somehow, they are able to manipulate their way through these tiny cracks in order to get what they want. Satan is like that. If we give a tiny opening, and we are not guarding our hearts, he will sneak in for the attack.
Satan is subtle when he needs to be, and loud and obnoxious when he can get away with it. I know this from my own life, up close and personal. It has also been evident in the lives of people I chose to associate with…. not such good choices.
The only way to escape the hold that the enemy has on us is to immerse ourselves in God’s Holy Word. We have to spend time in prayer, and we have to stop everything long enough to hear what our LORD has to say. The still, small voice of God can be easily drowned out by the cacophony of life. This is why it is imperative, as Christians, to take a few minutes out of every day to spend them alone with our Lord. I certainly don’t have my best days when I skip my God-time in the mornings. It doesn’t matter when you carve out your time, as long as it is done.
“For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NIV
FYI- I am NOT claiming to be like Paul, as one approved by God! I am simply and prayerfully writing my thoughts, hoping that perhaps a word will reach someone who needs it. The last sentence is accurate. I am not aiming to please people, but God.
God is asking us, “Can you hear Me now?” Can you?
(Artistry by God; Photo by Mark Campbell, Carmel CA 03/2017)