You would think since the very first sin was a trick by Satan to make Eve doubt God, that we would be on the lookout and not fall for that old trick. But truth is, it is one of the most successful deceptions Satan uses against mankind. So when something works so well, why not use it again?
I believe most people with illness question God as to why He would allow their illness to happen, if not out loud, at least in their minds. But Satan wants to take that a step further. He wants you to doubt God’s motives. He would like you to think that God is actually the enemy, not him. If he can’t change your salvation, at least he can convince you not to trust God, thus making you a useless Christian. Please see that that is his goal! Recognize the real enemy for what he is and fight against him. Remember, it is a spiritual battle, not a physical one. First you need to know your enemy, and then you need to fight against him. It isn’t our bodies and our pain that we are wrestling against. Always keep in mind that we are fighting against “spiritual hosts of wickedness.” And remember where those thoughts of God being against us are coming from.
The enemy would also like us to doubt God’s Word. Think back to Eve. She knew what God said, and she knew that what God said was true. But that old serpent convinced her that God didn’t really have her best interest in mind. He will use that on you, too. He will plant thoughts in your mind the same way he did Eve. “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1) You can interpret that as “does God really mean that?” Another way to plant doubts is by getting you to wonder how something in God’s Word can be true when it is contrary to all human reasoning. But human reasoning is so limited! It cannot start to compare to God’s knowledge of the universe, so we should never expect to understand all of God’s ways.
If Satan can get you to go against God in just one little aspect of your life, he gains a tremendous foothold. And once he gets a foothold, he will inch his way into your life until he totally destroys your faith in God. Don’t give the devil one inch of your life. Give him an inch, and he’ll take a mile.
Then how do we fight against the devil? James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” As it says in this verse, you have to submit to God and everything He has for you in life. He does know best, and be assured, there is a reason for everything going on in your life. Many times we can’t see this with our human eyes. Look with spiritual eyes again. Over and over again in the Bible we see stories where it seemed God was nowhere in sight when people needed help. Sometimes for a very long time. But time and time again we see that there was a plan and a purpose.
Hebrews chapter 11 is know as the faith chapter. It tells of many people in the Bible who suffered but yet lived by faith in God. In these cases, they did not see the promises of God in their lifetime. But they knew that God had a plan for what they were experiencing. It isn’t easy to trust when you may never see the purpose. But we do have many examples, people who have gone on before us and kept the faith. Many of those people did so without having the examples we are so fortunate to have today in Scripture.