It’s amazing how little I know about automobile maintenance. I know where to put the gas and I know to get an oil change when the sticker on my windshield tells me. That about covers everything I know about maintaining my car. So every so often my husband drives my car because he knows I am clueless. We’ll drive along and he’ll say “Do you hear that?” I, of course, hear nothing. I ask “What is it?” His usual response is “I don’t know but something doesn’t sound right.” I’m so thankful he can hear when something sounds off. I guess if you can’t hear that something isn’t right, you won’t know that something is wrong.
Do you know the sound that something might be going wrong in your life? It’s the sound of temptation. Most of us go through our days, cruising along and not hearing the sound of Satan trying to yank you off course. Satan is sneaky. He covers up his lies with half-truths- like he did with Eve.
See Eve was living in the Garden of Eden with her husband Adam and everything was perfect. She had perfect weather for her perfect meals that she made for her perfect husband. All Eve had to do to keep her perfect life going was to not eat from the Tree of Good and Evil. Then in Genesis 3:5 Satan told Eve something that did not quite sound right. “ God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes shall be open, and you will be as gods, knowing good from evil.” Satan told Eve only half the truth. If Eve ate of the fruit she would have her eyes opened and she would know the difference between good and evil. That part is true. But the lie is that she would become like God. She did not become a god, she became a sinful person.
Now it’s easy after the fact to say Eve should have heard Satan’s lies but do you? Do you hear the half-truths Satan uses to tempt you? They might sound like:
- It’s OK to scream at my kids because nothing else seems to get through to them.
- It’s OK to take that extra printer home from work because no one is using it.
- It’s OK to not stay in touch with my parents because I am so busy.
- It’s OK to think I am worthless because it’s what my parents always said.
Can you hear the half- truths? Can you hear how the half-truths make the temptation feel like it’s not so bad? After all, maybe screaming does motivate your kids, and maybe no one is using that printer but that does not make ungodly actions all right. We all fall prey to Satan’s half-truths sometimes but remember, you’re not cruising through life alone. Let God teach you how to hear the sound of temptation by asking Him for good judgment to keep you on course. Just like with my car, if you can’t hear that something isn’t right, you won’t know that something could be terribly wrong so be smart. Listen up!