Missing God – Looking for the Devil
One of the things that has been an adjustment for me in particular, is the reality that now that I am preaching and teaching every week, I am missing being able to take in the preaching of God’s Word. To help with this, I have started listening to more sermons throughout the week. One sermon I listened to this past week was a huge encouragement to me, and I thought I would share some of the truths that spoke to me.
So often when trials or tests come in our lives, we are quick to point our fingers of blame at Satan. We mutter and complain to our Christian friends that the devil is out to get us. We then declare war against him and try to thwart his purposes. However, this plays right into his hands. This is not how we are to respond.
- Satan can’t do anything without God giving him permission (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-6)
- The believer has God the Spirit dwelling inside him (I Corinthians 6:19, 20)
- The power within us is greater than any power in the world (I John 4:1-4)
- All things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
So here are some takeaway thoughts. Satan may or may not be behind the troubles you are facing, but whether he is or isn’t, know that he did it with permission from God. Everything that happens in our lives is for the glory of God and our good in the end. We may not see the purpose of it until eternity, but God has promised to work it all out for good.
These truths have encouraged me, because it is a reminder to put my focus back on God and the work He is doing in my life – either by allowing Satan to oppose me, or through tests that God Himself puts me through. My faith and my focus should stay on God and what He is seeking to accomplish in and through my life.