November 3-4, 2018
What’s the Apple of Your Eye?
Yesterday we introduced envy, which is to want, and sometimes crave, what others have instead of getting our joy from God and what He has given us. Today we’re digging even deeper. Envy is one of the traps Satan sets, using our pride, flesh, and satisfy-me-now mentality against us. Satan deceives us constantly. He actually distorts our lenses, so that we believe our fulfillment and joy in this life come from emotional, psychological, physical, or material answers. His goal is to close down our spiritual radar, turn off our spiritual antennae, and ignore divine answers for our needs
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had a fantastic set up, a direct relationship with the perfect God in the perfect setting with no adversity. But they weren’t omniscient; they were gullible like us. Satan tricked them into believing they needed something more. They thought or feared that something was missing from their life. Satan duped them into thinking they needed more power and more knowledge, and could get it all through a piece of fruit. I like to think I would have held out for a steak. Instead of staying in relationship with God and relying on Him, they were swindled by Satan, tricked into trading eternal life with God for separation from God and life on their own. Thankfully, God wasn’t vengeful against them and provided a way back into relationship with Him.
Here’s the trap. If you believe your happiness and contentment depend on your external circumstances or someone 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 to be immune to those external things. So regardless of our circumstances, or more importantly, the mistakes 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 … fruit/apples … you have been tricked into believing. How were you tricked into believing they could deliver what you desire in the deepest places of your heart? It seems silly when we put it that way, but that shows the cunning of our Adversary in the war we are fighting. Don’t mistake momentary relief for true fulfillment. That’s Satan’s trap! Tomorrow we’ll have more on why envy seems endless. Whether you choose God to meet your needs or you settle for the substitutes of this world is your decision, so choose well.
Dear God, You and only You are the source of my joy, peace, and comfort. I confess that my need to control life is the apple I frequently grab. Help me to increase my trust in Your control of my life instead of my inadequate abilities. Please grow in me eyes that see and ears that hear the traps Satan places in my path. Lord, help me choose the Stepping Stone You have for my movement toward Christ-likeness. Strengthen me through Your Spirit to resist the temptations and impulses of my flesh so I am not trapped and have to ask for Your forgiveness yet again. 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. Genesis 3:4-7
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Exodus 20:17