Yesterday, we introduced envy, which is wanting and sometimes craving what others have instead of getting our joy from being with God. Digging deeper today, envy is one of the traps Satan sets for us, using our pride, flesh, and satisfy-me-now mentality against us. Satan deceives us, he actually distorts our lenses, so we believe that our fulfillment and joy in this life come from emotional, psychological, physical, or material answers. His goal is getting us to close down our spiritual radar, turn off our spiritual antennae, and ignore spiritual, divine answers for our needs
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had this fantastic set up, direct relationship with the perfect God in the perfect setting and no adversity. But they weren’t omniscient and they were gullible (like us). Satan tricked them to believe they needed something, something in their life was missing. He duped them into thinking they needed more power and more knowledge, and could get all that through an apple (not as appealing as a steak). Instead of staying in relationship with and relying on God, Satan swindled them, trading eternal life with God for life on their own and separation from God. Thankfully God provided a way back into relationship with Him.
The trap, you see, is, if you believe your happiness and contentment are dependent on your external circumstances, or from someplace or someone else other than God, you will always be lost, unhappy, and discontent. Those things weren’t meant to bring you what you desire, nor can they. God designed us specifically to be immune to those external things, so regardless of our circumstances, or more importantly, the mistakes we make, financial, marital, parenting, sin, etc, that damage our circumstances, we still have access to a peace, comfort, and joy that is independent of who or what is around us.
Today, look inside and identify some of your traps…apples…that you have been tricked to believe will satisfy your real needs. How did you get tricked into believing they could deliver what you really desire, in the deepest places of your heart. Don’t mistake momentary relief for true fulfillment. It’s Satan’s trap! More on why envy seems endless tomorrow.
Dear God, You and only You are the source of my joy, peace, and comfort. . I confess my need to control is the apple I grab for a lot. Help me grow in trust of Your control in my life and not have the need to trust my inadequate abilities. Please help me allow You to grow the eyes that see and ears that hear the traps Satan places in my path and choose the Stepping Stone You have for my movement forward to Christ-likeness. Strengthen me through Your Spirit to resist the temptations and impulses of my flesh so i don’t get trapped and again, have to ask Your forgiveness for my me-centered mistakes. But thanks for Your endless grace and forgiveness. In Jesus’ all providing death and resurrection I pray; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.