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When You Feel God Has Forgotten You
Series: Believing Better: Overcoming the Lies That Prevent Us from Living Free in Christ
I find it interesting that the enemy tempted Jesus to turn the rock into bread. Why not stake, why not lobster, why not chicken cordon blue? I believe this has to do with the subtleness of his lie. Bread seems so innocent. It’s just a little bread, just enough to save your life. The enemy will tempt you with something seemingly small to get you off track.
Oh, just look up your ex-boyfriend on Facebook, how much could that hurt.
Oh, just steal a few office supplies here and there, no big deal!
Oh, just say that sarcastic comment, it’s not like you hit anyone...
It does not matter how seemingly small the sin is, to God sin is sin. The word sin means to miss the mark. It does not matter how close or far off that miss is, it’s a miss all the same. For Jesus to eat the bread, though seemingly small would not be doing what He was called to do. In John 4:34 Jesus tells His disciples:
My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
And in doing the work of God, Jesus trusted God. Even though He was struggling. Even though He was hungry and in need and had been lead into the wilderness. Although his circumstance quickly turned from good to bad, in the blink of an eye He trusted the Father. Now the enemy tempted Him not to. The enemy said take matters into you own hands. Did God bring you out here to starve, maybe, just in case stop doing what He wants you to do, because obviously He does not see you He does not know you’re hungry, He’s forgotten about you, so forget His plan, forget his will and do you.
Is this speaking to you? Have you heard this before? In your wilderness season, have you ever thought to yourself that maybe God has forgotten you? Let Deuteronomy 31:6 remind you of the truth:
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
It’s one of the enemies most popular tactics to make us think we are alone in our struggles. When we believe this lie, that we are alone in our wilderness we are further tempted to take matters into our own hands. But ultimately we are not solving a problem, we are creating a bigger one by not trusting God. Matthew Henry says:
Satan makes an easy prey of men, when he can persuade them to think themselves abandoned of God. - Matthew Henry
Just the other day I told Tori to wait for me by the door. I specifically told her not to move. But as she was waiting she apparently became thirsty. So instead of waiting for me to come back and then ask me for something to drink, she moved from the door to the kitchen and tried to get a cut of ...
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