When the Best Doesn’t Seem Good Enough (Jan 2)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

January 2  
When the Best Doesn’t Seem Good Enough

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 2: 1-6 | Genesis 3:1- 4: 26 | Matthew 2:13 – 3:6 | Proverbs 1: 7-9

Today’s Scripture Focus: Genesis 3-4

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3: 4 NIV).  

There is no better place to learn about sin and temptation than the first few chapters of Genesis. Adam and Eve were the first humans to deal with temptation and sin and there is much to learn from their example. We find ourselves vulnerable to temptation in many of the same ways that they did. One of Satan’s best tricks is to get us to question the goodness of God. Questioning his goodness often leads us to question his wisdom, his truthfulness and his love.

We begin to think that God is withholding something good from us. At that point, we are so vulnerable to temptation. Of course, God loves us with an everlasting love. Of course, God is all-wise and it is folly for us to question his wisdom. Of course, God is perfect in truth and cannot tell a lie. Yet, when Satan creeps in with suggestions that God is withholding something good from us, our mind is taken captive by warped thought patterns. We often become blinded to the truth. This was the path of Adam and Eve and it is a path that we have all know too well.

When tempted to sin, it is helpful to remember that God is perfect in goodness, in love, in wisdom and truth. His will is always best–and any suggestion that he is withholding something wonderful from us is deception. God’s will cannot contradict his character–and therefore it is always good, wise, and loving.  To doubt his goodness only leads us to miss out on his good and perfect will. The dangling fruit of temptation looks good, but it always has consequences. It is never wise to second-guess the goodness of God.

Dear Heavenly Father, we stand in awe of your goodness, your wisdom, your truthfulness, and your love. Teach me to never second guess your goodness; teach me to never doubt your love. Teach me to follow your good paths all the days of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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