11 August 2010

Is God cheating you?

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’?” - Genesis 3:1

Go ahead. Admit it. You’ve been cheated. Here you are, doing everything right. You don’t smoke, you don’t chew, and you don’t go out with those who do. You read your Bible and pray every day. You respect your parents. You don’t park in the handicapped parking spaces. You get your papers in on time. You never try to sneak into home basketball games without paying.

Yet the good-looking fellow student you want to date won’t even glance your way. Students who don’t care about the rules get in good with the right people. And cheaters continue to get away with it.

When this kind of scenario happens, some thoughts could start to creep into your mind. Thoughts that lead you to wonder why God is treating you this way. After all, you’re one of His children. Shouldn’t He be smoothing the way for you?

Your thoughts could begin to take on the character of the questions Satan asked Eve in the Garden of Eden. After God had created the greatest environment anyone could imagine for Adam and his wife Eve, He grave them one restriction. He told them to steer clear of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

That’s all Satan needed to hear. He started whispering in Eve’s ear that God was cheating her. “Did God really say?” he asked, and proceeded to twist what God said.

Satan is still twisting. He’ll make you think that if everything is not going your way, then God doesn’t care for you. Yet God’s Word makes it clear that we will have trouble. In fact, that trouble could be a sign of God’s care, for He is helping us grow stronger through the trial.

Feeling cheated? Don’t listen to the enemy. Whether good things happen or bad, trust God with your life. - Dave Branon

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