I jotted a random thought down this morning. Sometimes I write thoughts down and wonder, “where did that come from?” No thinking involved, just my hand writing a collaboration of random words. Then I realize, it was for me.
“Never let the judgments and opinions of others change the knowing of God’s purpose and plan for your life.”
I almost felt like it was a prophecy, or a sign, in some way. I haven’t let others judgments and opinions question where God is leading me…or have I? Or will I?
As much as I would like to think that the judgments and opinions of others don’t affect me, maybe they do. Even when posting my blogs I am often curious how others respond; whether it’s silently or outspoken. I wonder how I can improve, or if I’m off base.
So, why do I allow myself to fall into that trap? And how do I stop seeking acceptance and critiquing from others that aren’t positive and maturing? Again, I fall back on my answer to everything…God’s Word.
When the serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say…”, Eve questioned God’s authority, purpose and plan. She questioned her trust in God; or really, didn’t have any trust, at all.
I do this! I constantly question the steps and decisions I’m taking, even when I feel like I’m doing exactly what God has called me to do. If I can’t trust God, and trust His will, then my faith is completely shattered. And that is completely the opposite of what I want. I’ve been praying fervently for more faith, so why would I jeopardize that prayer from being answered.
I reread the quote again, and oddly, it spoke to me differently. I am the others! I have been judgmental and opinionated. I am judging myself and giving my self opinions! Again, self-doubt and insecurity; it’s always creeping around. I must stop this “enemy” if I truly want to fulfill the path God has me on.
So my answer to Genesis 3:1? “Yes! God really did say!”
Just like in Genesis 3:1 to Eve, God really did say what He said. When He commands, He commands. When God spoke through prophets and the people in the Bible, God really did say! When God said “love others”, He meant it! When God said “forgive others”, He meant it! When God said “seek Me with all your heart, and you will find Me”, we will! When Jesus said, “the truth will set you free”, God and His Word are TRUTH!
So in the future, when you seem to question God’s will – God’s path – ask yourself, “did God really say?” Don’t let an “enemy” answer, you know exactly what God said! Never question God’s inaudible voice.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1