December 31st, 2019
1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJB) And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
That is what satan does best, prod, provoke, and poke people into action.
Yes, he incites, needles, harasses, tempts, and compels a person to a breaking point. Taking a person to a time when a decision must be made whether to turn to the left or the right, a crossroad in life. One direction is always headed towards God, while the other one serves to lead a man farther away from God.
Maybe each of us should take a few moments to look back on this year as it winds down and consider the times when satan pushed us and prodded us until we made a rash decision, to give in, choosing to sin rather than to serve God. Indeed, if we are all honest, we all can admit we decided to give in to sin repeatedly this past year. We must give some thought to times when we placed ourselves willingly in bad situations and allowed ourselves to simply be enthralled by the enticing schemes supplied by satan rather than choosing to serve God, even when we knew for sure that we were moving in the wrong direction.
You see, there is a difference.
A person can be like Lot, who chose to erect his tent door facing into his past towards a city laden with sin. Lot was continually reminded of his sin and therefore desired to continue in sin. Before long he was on the move, closer and closer to the gates of this wicked place.
A person can be like Judas who served God outwardly in motions and words but served satan in his heart. A person can put on a good pew show on Sundays during church and live far from God Monday through Saturday.
Or a person can be like King David, who was a man after God’s own heart, but was enticed through his eye gate, into grievous sin. David failed in making a personal covenant between himself and God about the lust of his eyes. David failed before God when provoked with the beauty of a woman (who also failed herself with God.)
When push comes to shove, and the road of life comes to a fork, we must make a choice. Do we allow satan to provide entertainment in our life? Or do we hold fast our eyes upon things of God and remaining eternally joyful and obedient to God; rather than serve in the pleasures of sin even for a moment as we sojourn in this world?