Satan Wants to Silence God's Voice
"The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." -John 10:10, emphasis added
Yesterday we learned that Satan has four spiritual flaws that he uses to try to silence God's voice in our lives. We have discussed the first three in which Satan tempts us to doubt God's Word, doubt God's goodness, and doubt God's authority. Here is his fourth spiritual flaw:
4. Doubt God's plan: In Genesis 3:5 Satan blocked the Creator's voice when he said "Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." From the very beginning, Satan has sought to convince mankind that his way is better than God's. Thus he tries to entice us with his own plan for how we can achieve immortality, glory, and happiness. How does Satan do that? He tries to solidly plant this thought in our minds: Abandon all those restraints-just let go and work out your own plan for pleasure! The Lesson: You doubt God when you doubt His plan for you.
Satan loves it when he gets us to doubt God and His plan! The devil's scheme is to plant thoughts that God's way is too restrictive, but his way allows freedom to pursue whatever lusts will bring the greatest pleasure. In fact, if Satan were to summarize his plan for us as a billboard ad, it would probably read:
Go for the gusto!
You only go around once!
Get your gratification now.
Satan delights in whispering to us: Lust won't wait, so lust for what you want-and take it every chance you get! That is exactly what Adam and Eve did when they gave in to their desire for pleasure (Genesis 3:6). Thus the horrible precipitous slide down into sin began, as these verses reveal: Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. . . . And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden . . . , and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God (Genesis 3:7-8, emphasis added).
Before this awful day, Adam and Eve had been drawn to the voice of the Lord, and responded to Him. They both had longed to talk with their Creator and tell Him of their discoveries. They loved to ask Him questions about His universe and the garden they lived in. But now they discovered that His voice repelled them, so they hid among the trees of the garden. Then God-this Jesus who came "to seek and to save that which was lost"-had to become the seeking One (Luke 19:10).
Every time a new child is conceived in this world, he or she, as a descendant of Adam, is already a sinner because of divine decree. But as soon as the child is old enough to make conscious choices, proof of being a sinner is soon evident through wrong actions.
Because Satan is not omniscient (all-knowing), he thought that he was scoring a major coup in the Garden of Eden! But God was actually in control-as always-working out His masterful plan for the ages so that you and I can have enduring hope for the future!
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