Dear Immanuel family,
While living in Paraguay, rather than driving to downtown Asuncion, I would hop on a city bus. If it was rush hour I would have to stand often crammed next to others. Although it never happened to me, I heard of thieves who would cut open people’s backpacks to remove their belongings. Being aware of the thieves’ tactics made it harder to be taken advantage of.
The Bible tells us of a person who has tactics like these and is known as the Thief, the Destroyer, the Father of Lies, and a Murderer. We all know him first hand as the one who tempts us to veer off our path to holiness and indulge in the pleasures of this world. Satan would have people believe that there is no longer any absolutes in life and that everyone can do what is right in his own mind. This sounds all too familiar for readers of the O.T. and confirms that, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
There is a civil war going on in our country for people’s hearts and minds. As Dr. Saunders reminded us several weeks ago, the battle ground is the mind. The very foundation of the family, the relationship between a man and woman, is under attack. Satan, in his craftiness has turned something that the Bible says does not please God and made it into an alternative lifestyle protected by the laws of the land.
It looks like there is no changing the tide of current events. Are these changes in our country taking the Lord by surprise? Certainly not. The God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow still has the same recipe for his people. His people must “Humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Lord, start with me today.