Many kids like to play Divide and Conquer with their parents. The game goes like this: The child wants to do something that they’re really not supposed to do so they ask mom for permission but add to the end ”Dad said it’s OK.” If the child is playing the game correctly, Dad is at work, mowing the lawn or somehow unavailable for comment. The mom, being an old pro at this game, asks “Did your father really say that?” The pivotal issue for the mom in winning this game is based on how well does she know her husband. Does she know him well enough to figure out what he did or didn’t say? If you have doubts about what your husband would say or do, you’re an easy target for Divide and Conquer.
In his own bizarre way, Satan played Divide and Conquer with Eve in the Garden of Eden. He was counting on the fact that Eve wasn’t entirely clear about God’s expectation around her not eating the fruit from the Tree of Good and Evil. To divide Eve from God’s will for her life, Satan didn’t tell her God is stupid, don’t listen to him. He didn’t tell her God doesn’t know what He’s talking about. Genesis 3:1 says all Satan did was ask a question that began with “Did God really say…” and from that he planted a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind about what she knew about following God’s will. She doubted God’s word.
Trying to get Christians to doubt God’s word is a favorite pastime of Satan’s. Think of a time you wanted to do something you knew you probably shouldn’t. Maybe it’s telling off someone that hurt you, or spending money you didn’t have or lying to someone to get out of trouble. As you are considering this path, you say things to yourself like “Why not?” “What’s the big deal.” “How bad can it be?” It’s as though that serpent is asking you “Did God really say doing this is a problem?” These are attempts to divide you from following the will of God.
So how do we arm ourselves to win this came of divide and conquer? If you want to know what God says, turn to His word. Dive into the Bible consistently and passionately. And if reading the Bible sounds boring to you, ask God to lead you to others who love bible studies. Believe me, loving the Bible is contagious.
But did you know the real benefit of Bible study is not to know the bible better, nor is it to gather strength and wisdom from others that study with you. The real prize is that instead of knowing what God has done, you will know who God is. This is what you need to stop Satan from dividing you from God’s will. Because let’s face it. A mom doesn’t know everything that will ever come out of her husband’s mouth but she knows who He is. From that she knows what to expect. Know God more deeply so that the next time you sense the question “Did God really say that?” You’ll know the answer…without a doubt.