We love one another – well isn’t that what we are called to do? Yet in our desire to love one another, especially those close to our hearts, we tend to OVER-protect them. It doesn’t help we are living in a time and age where information is available at the tip of our fingers – whether on TV channels or on the web. We are overloaded with information and fact is we have no clue whether it is true or false.. There are so many researches and findings that contradict one another and we do need to remember even though man has gone to the moon and back literally, we are still limited in human wisdom and God’s creation is so intricate. What has been discovered – even in terms of the human body – must be like a few grains of the sandy area of a beach! Come on, God created the millions of universes and all that is in it… Sure human beings have discovered so much but if they haven’t got the full picture, wouldn’t it be highly likely that they are missing out on facts based on what they haven’t discovered?
Think of Abraham, in the day and age of no technology let alone no electricity or powered transportation! God called him out of the land of his fathers and sent him… Was he given a GPS and information of the land that he was being taken to? Was He told of the destination then and there? Moses and the Israelites followed the direction that God was leading them through the WILDERNESS and that with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night! No mobile phones for emergency.. food raining from heaven.. Were they told how long the journey would take? Were they given the weather forecast?
Even if we are armed with all the facts that are accurate and true, what about God’s divine intervention and power? Hadn’t God led them through safely? Their deaths were not of outward situations but rather disobedience.
What about using evaluative methods to decide what we ought to do? The 10 spies saw all the obstacles through their eyes that were like magnifying glasses… They came back with a negative report dissuading the others from proceeding. Caleb and Joshua saw the same situation but they had a different spirit – a spirit that yielded to God’s promise, that stood on that and said “yes, but nonetheless”. Those who disobeyed by their evaluations based on human wisdom missed out, but the two who looked beyond the evaluations with their eyes fixed on God were rewarded.
We can also SIN based on the evaluation of good things – to love one another and thus protect or nurture!
The enemy used Eve to tempt both Eve and Adam – to disobey what God had told them. See the reasons that Eve gave for her decision – good for food, pleasing to the eye and good for wisdom. Which one of these reasons is ‘evil’? Which one of these reasons are ‘sin’? Which one of these reasons are bad in themselves? Yet the good reasons are evil if it is leading to disobey God’s voice. That is what sin is all about.
Satan attempted to use Peter to lure Jesus away from the suffering that lay ahead of Him. Isn’t that what we do – protect others from suffering out of love? Did Jesus desire to go through this suffering? What was in His heart, He poured out in the Garden of Gethsmane just prior to Him being arrested… He was in deep anguish and asked for the Father to indeed take the cup of suffering away from Him that all things were possible with God, yet He yielded to the Father’s will for His plan. When Satan tried to use Peter, see how Jesus responds:
He saw right through.. that it wasn’t Peter speaking but rather Satan using Peter.
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” – Matthew 16:23
In fact He clearly told Satan that he was a stumbling block. Imagine if Jesus had yielded to Peter’s “love”, imagine if Jesus had yielded to the fear of what was to come, to run away from the suffering?
Another creative way the enemy uses to get us to disobey God is through God’s Word!!!
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.- Matthew 4:1-11
Any scripture we hear have to be tested against the Word in Context and the motive discerned. We can disobey God by using God’s word out of context and allowing fear to creep in. Where He leads us, He will take us through..
Hasn’t God also promised us:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze – Isaiah 43:2
So why do we want to play it safe, why do we want to be equipped with the ‘facts’ and that too based on human wisdom or human fears? Why do we hesitate to step out despite God’s prodding? Why do we ‘love’ too much to stop others from heeding to God’s voice and to protect them from danger, as in how we see perceive danger – physically or emotionally?