We would love to all experience being so overpoweringly blessed that we would sit back in awe and say, “why me God?” “Why is this happening to me?” There are people that experience such blessing in their lives and really do ask that question. But we might be more familiar with the other side of that – calamity, destruction, heart-break, disappointment, and hurt prompting those words, “why me God?”
Most of the destruction and hurt that happens in our lives happens for three reasons. The first being because of poor choices we too often make overriding the warning of our heart. I counseled with a man who told me he did that very thing. He gave over to flirting with a woman that he thought would be harmless. It wasn’t. It led to an affair. He said he ignored every warning he felt and consequently destroyed his marriage and family. He asked the question, “why me God?” It really wasn’t about God’s doing. It was about his own choices. Jer 32:33 says it like this, “They turned their backs to Me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to warnings.”
The second reason for destruction and hurt that happens in peoples lives is because they have a wrong perception of who God is. Because of that wrong perception, they ignore God and never learn of Him or of His ways from His Word – the Bible. Thus, they carve out their own way of doing things violating His ways and opening the door to destruction in their life. For example, many people think its okay for people to have sex outside of marriage. They may be ignorant of God’s ways but that won’t stop the fallout of unplanned children or sexually transmitted diseases such as Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Herpes, or others. Anyone who has ignored God and consequently ignored His boundaries has opened themselves up to the afflicting diseases and end up crying out, “Why me God?”
People that ignore God, lose the benefit of His love, His direction and instruction, and His supernatural help and power. People that make their own path most often lead themselves into in heart wrenching trouble. Isa 53:6 says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…”
A third reason for much of the destruction and hurt that happens in people’s lives is because of ignorance of the enemy of their soul. They do know or believe in Satan. They do not know of his demonic assignment of hatred and destructive toward God’s creation – mankind. As I said yesterday, God’s Word tells us that Satan is the “father of all lies – there is no truth in him.” Jesus told us that Satan “is the thief that has come to kill, steal, and destroy.” Satan likes us to think he is a storybook character – not real. Most people actually do think he is make-believe. Satan loves that because then he pins the destructive that plagues mankind on God. And so the question comes, “why me God.”
Let me give you a dictionary definition of enemy. Enemy: One who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another; a foe. A hostile power or force, such as a nation. A member or unit of such a force. A group of foes or hostile forces. ‘That is your definition of Satan, his demonic force and his ways toward you. Eph. 6:11-12 says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”
God has an answer to all this. It’s this. Come to know the enemy of your soul and how he works against you. You cannot defeat an enemy you do know exist. (Have you ever heard of termites?) Secondly, know that God has given you two things to defeat the enemy of your soul – power and authority. In Luke 10:19 Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” He was talking about taking authority over the destroyer in your life – the devil Satan.
I’ll leave you with the same promise that Jesus left his disciples with when He was teaching them these things. Luke 24:49 Jesus said, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay…until you have been clothed with power from on high.” You have an enemy but you have power over that enemy! Begin to recognize whether the enemy is yourself or the devil. If it’s you, pray for God’s grace to change. If it’s the devil, begin now to resist him in the name of Jesus. You will see a difference.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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