“Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LordGod had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”” (Genesis 3:1, CSB)
Did God really say? God’s design for a magnificent marriage is all about working together, trusting one another, depending on each other and choosing to accomplish God’s goals as a couple.
That’s why Satan loves to divide and conquer! He knows that when either one of us gets alone, we are vulnerable. It’s not about smarts or cleverness. It’s all about the combined power of two people in union to one another and to God. Lucifer can’t stand that. He can’t break that easily. He knows we are easier to destroy alone. That’s why he comes when we are in the midst of our daily routines. He’s hoping our tasks will distract us from seeing his true intention: To divide and conquer.
Notice his simply strategy: He questions what God has said, but he does it in a nonchalant, almost interested fashion. Inserting the virus into Eve’s thoughts, he chooses to engage in a “harmless discussion” with the most malicious of intentions.
As I “hear” this encounter in my mind’s ear, I often hear the Accuser’s melodic voice choose his tone and words with the utmost of care. He doesn’t want Eve’s defenses up. On the contrary, he longs to “befriend” her. Thus, I sense, a disarming of her defenses here. It must have been some talk because even Adam was convinced to eat once the meal was served!
Today, as you go about the mundane and endless list of things you have to do to live this wonderful life God has given us, remember, we are better together. We are stronger when we engage the questions of life together. God gave us a partner for our benefit. And even the simple questions, the ones we know the answers to, are so better answered when we talk them over together.
God longs for us to succeed and not fail. He knows all too well how cunning our Enemy is. And He has chosen that special person to work as the other part of our mind, will, and emotions – our soul mate – for a very special reason: The preservation of our life and our future. So, talk – a lot – and thwart every plan of the Evil One before it takes root!
Magnificent Marriage Mondays are helpful hints, clues, ideas, and solutions for the child of God who is looking for a spouse, in a relationship with someone, or are already married. Each post seeks to bring help, hope, and honesty to your life and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. They are written by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, and come from his 38 years, 5 months and 2 days experience with his wife, Melodee, who was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. He is currently seeking God’s will for his new life partner. He welcomes your comments below.