Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Sometimes, It's Not God
I've had this discussion with other people, but don't think I've ever brought it up here.
Many times in our lives, when things get tough, we tend to tell ourselves, "God is testing me." or "God is just trying to make me stronger."
However, have you ever considered that perhaps God is not the one who is involved? I don't mean to say that He isn't there and we can't rely on Him, but there are examples in scripture where God let's Satan take hold of us in some way. The best example is probably Job.
But, consider this passage from the NT:
Luke 22:31- The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers."
Have you ever been "sifted" by Satan? Can you tell the difference? Is it any different than being tested by God? What do y'all think?