When God Says “No”

When God Seems Unreasonable

Come on people, it’s just common sense. One spiritual entity wants to destroy us and the other one died to save us.

Who are you going to listen to?

          When the Holy Spirit puts up a “No Swimming” sign, do we listen?

The Frog’s Fate

This weekend, I found out that a frog’s survival instinct doesn’t work around swimming pools. Most frogs are nocturnal. They feast on the insects drawn to the pool’s nighttime lights. I thought the stink of chlorine would stop these fresh water amphibians from taking a dip, but apparently the chlorine smell doesn’t deter them.

Human pools remain deathtraps for frogs because once they jump in, they can’t jump out again. Being air-breathers, they eventually drown. Pool owners find themselves fishing little corpses out of their pool the next morning.

Frogs don’t exhibit any common sense; sometimes people don’t either.

People Make Bad Choices

Humans can be so clueless.

Yet Christians should know better. We believe in our God’s love, the Devil’s hatred and the power of sin to ruin people’s lives. We’re quite good at spotting the traps Satan baits for other people.

Unfortunately, when we’re being tempted, we turn into temper-tantrum throwing two-year-olds shouting “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” Our sinful nature and haywire emotions are two of Satan’s greatest allies.

And the Holy Spirit’s gentle nudges are our greatest protection.

Check out my previous post, “A Poison Apple a Day” to find out how Satan can use even minor sins to ruin our lives. He’s patient. Small weekly compromises can add up to horrible devastation for your family, health and career several years later.

Remember Jesus’ words:

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

(John 10:10 NIV)

Isn’t it time to start saying “no” to the Devil?

The frog by the swimming pool image came from Pixabay.com.

Resources:

One woman in Canada turned her backyard pool into a wildlife habitat.

“How to Keep Frogs Out of Your Pool” 

 

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