Isaiah 19:14 “The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.”
I believe my God to be FOR me – not against me. I believe God desires that every soul born have the opportunity to trust Him and be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
We say it and I believe –
Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
But to read that God would put in and among us a perverse spirit that would open the opportunity to fall away; to trust a lie or to turn from the path God has for us is unsettling. Why would God allow that? Why would He leave even a sliver of chance that we would follow after a lie?
In our relationships, we are strengthened when the other affirms their love and committment to us. We grow deeper and the bond is strengthened when we are together. But there are times when that bond is tested. Our eyes are drawn away. Our heart grows cold. We become complacent. There are many reasons, but what brings us back?
Love draws us. We read:
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
For that love to be tested; for that love to be put up against a lie… I must be a seeker of truth. My heart must desire to want God – to want who He is and what He wants for me.
I have tried to fashion God into something He is not. God is both mercy and truth. He is love and forgiveness, but also Judge. The perverseness of any spirit is exposed when we are close the the One who is the Truth.
Lies can only be exposed with the light of truth. The closer I am to truth, the brighter the Light. I must always listen to what is said no matter who says it. I must know my Bible enough to expose what is and isn’t the truth.
I must also listen to the Holy Spirit. He will lead me and guide me into all truth.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
May your services today be Spirit-filled. May the music be dripping with the sweetness of God’s touch and the message an arrow sharp enough to penetrate even the hardest of hearts.