I see people nearly every day that are great fighters against God. They are witty and creative and often beautiful in appearance. They are often rich and even famous as well as the common person on the street. They come in all sizes and shapes and colors and varieties and for me they are fascinating to study. Sorry, but I am a student of human nature and I always find human behavior fascinating and interesting to study. As a Christian I already know that in the end those who fight against God are defeated. There is an interesting scripture in Psalms that fascinates me.
Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads. Psalm 7: 14-16, (New International Version or NIV).
David wrote most of the Psalms and I find his sense of humor and grasp with words to be very interesting and often entertaining. Think about this choice of words. A woman who is pregnant has a large abdomen and toward the end of the pregnancy is usually pretty off-balance and uncomfortable. We women often waddle like a duck when pregnant but we go through all of the difficulties as well as the pleasure of pregnancy to get a baby which we often really want and love from the time we know we are pregnant. But David says that evil is like getting pregnant and ends in trouble and disillusionment.
Have you ever been around someone who is delusional? Look at the definition for delusional. 1. having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions. 2. maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/delusional They have created a reality that is not based upon truth and they orchestrate their life around that off-kilter reality. It is very hard to understand a person who is living under delusion. It is a notable mental illness but honestly there are quite a few people in this world who are under delusion that are not technically mentally ill. I think the greatest delusion that is most prevalent among the non-mentally ill person under a delusion is to think that they are okay with God. It is so sad.
David also says that someone who plans evil will get caught in the trap they created for someone else. In the end evil comes falling down on their own head and not someone they wanted evil to harm. I love that! I realize that time is the great equalizer in this situation and not something that may happen right away. But in the end evil does not win! So cool!!! This reminds me of another scripture passage.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:13-18, (NIV).
Temptation is also described by James in pretty much the same process as David used in Psalms. The first step in the process of sinning is desire which is so enticing and evil. Next comes the conception and then the birth of sin. But when the sin is fully grown then it gives birth to death, the death of a marriage, the death of a person, the death of a relationship, the death of a job, the death of a friendship…ultimately death which is separation from God for eternity. But notice who does the tempting? It isn’t God! God often allows us to be tempted but God is not the designer of our temptations, we do a great job of that in our own fleshly desires! Any good that anyone experiences here on earth, whether a Christian or not a Christian, comes from God because He is the author if all goodness. If you always want to have goodness around you then you must be born again and become a Christian. Otherwise you will be separated from God for eternity and there will be nothing good about that! Temptation can be overcome, however.
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Lamentations 3:19-27, (NIV).
When we finally break through the delusion that we are okay with God and see the reality of our need for salvation we do feel conflicted. I love the description of bitterness and gall, anyone who has ever had a gall bladder attach knows just how bitter gall really is. It burns, it stings, it makes us hurt and we just want rid of the pain! So how do we rid ourselves of the pain of sin? We turn to God and we have such hope in the Lord. We become new creatures in a new day with new love, the best love of all, the love that never fails and is full of compassion for us. The fight is over, the conflict is done and we now have the hope of eternity. We are no longer fighting with God but we have made peace with Him because we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our search is over and we are now in the peace that only can come from Jesus Christ. What a relief!
Do you know someone who is fighting against God? Have you shared with them the gospel? Have you told them of your own battle and search for peace? Have you shared with them what good the Lord has brought into your life? You are a walking testimony of the peace of God so share it with those who are searching for relief. One last scripture I want to share with you.
When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. Proverbs 29:16, (NIV).
You cannot win the fight against God. You can’t win with sin. In the end God wins and the righteous people you have hated so much will see you fall. King David wrote this verse long ago but it still holds the same truth today. If you are fighting against God you may feel that you are on top and in control for a while. God is slow to bring about His justice and you may think you have gotten away with sinning but there will be a day of reckoning. This is a universal truth about God, in the end He created you and He will deal with you and your sin. He is stronger and what He chooses to do to you will be just. Let’s tell the rebellious this truth.
Until next time…Katherine