I remember taking a class on the Holy Spirit as a very new believer. The first meeting the instructor told us to write down three questions we would like answered in the class. My main question was “How do I know it is God speaking to me and not just me?” Wow! What a question huh? The guy teaching the class didn’t offer me much of an answer but said, “That’s a good question maybe it will be answered in this class.” While that really isn’t much of an answer I suppose it satisfied me at the time.
Since then I have grown a little bit in my understanding of the Bible, and yet, determining God’s voice can still be a very curious thing. But this does bring up an interesting quandary. How do we know if something that is happening in our lives is coming from the devil or God?
It seems anyone that is a serious student of the Bible would eventually run into this conundrum. My conclusion to this though is “What difference does it make?” I know that isn’t going to set well with some who just have to know, but what good does it really do to know the cause? I suppose there may be some type of relief that could come from knowing, but in the end we still have to handle the situation we’re facing.
In the story of Job the reader is privy to a little inside information. He is told about how Satan is included in Job’s sufferings. In fact it seems God is the one who pointed old Job out to Satan in the first place saying, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing god and turning away from evil.” God then turns Satan loose on Job with only a few boundaries. With this story we are privileged to have some inside information on who is doing what in Job’s life. In our own lives we may not be given such insight. What I would like for you to notice though is how throughout the story you never read of Job or his friends pointing at Satan. We never read where they say the devil is doing these things to Job. No, they always seem to know God is ultimately the one in charge; so they assume it is sin in Job’s life that is to blame for his misery.
Jesus said something very interesting in Matthew 6:22-23 He said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters…” I think what Jesus is telling us is, we have to see with the single eye. We have to see beyond Satan to God. It makes little difference if Satan is the actual one troubling you because God is still the one in charge. He is still the one that has all the power and say so over your life. We cannot serve two masters. In fact there really is only one master and that’s God because Satan can’t do whatever he wants to without God’s involvement.
As we learn to see through to God only in each and every situation in life we will be able to receive it much more readily. I’m not saying things won’t be difficult, but what I am saying is wouldn’t these things be easier to handle if we see them coming from the hand of a loving father rather than an evil tormentor?
Written by Louie