YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT.
What is man's biggest problem?
Man's biggest problem is making assumptions.
The sinful heart of man - the carnal mind, has an agenda. The agenda is that it wishes certain things to be true and certain other things to be untrue.
That fact alone isn’t the worst of it. We go further – much further. We act on our silly desires and put the cart well and truly before the horse.
We make our desires our yardstick – we make them the acid test for what is true and untrue – what is right and what is not right. We have a quick scan of the things we come across in life and we make our assumptions based on what we like and what we don’t like – nothing else.
A worse foundation for belief you will not find.
In Genesis chapter three we find Satan (the serpent) tempting the woman.
She knew very well that what he said contradicted God’s word. She also knew very well who God was. So what motivated her to act as foolishly as she did in choosing to believe Satan’s lies?
Simply this: she wanted them to be true. And that sinful desire was all-consuming.
Let us not underestimate the power of sin to deceive.
She wanted so much for them to be true that she took the fateful step – she made the great assumption.
And from that moment on, every member of the human race (bar one) has continued to make assumption upon silly assumption based on exactly the same rotten foundation.
You don’t need me to tell you that if you go through life assuming things to be true just because you want them to be true, without having any good reason to believe them your house of cards will come crashing down. The facts bear it out.
So why do it with the things of God?
Because life in this world won’t let us do it. If we try to live like that (as some do) life will turn around and bite us. Common sense is king in the physical world – whether we like it or not – political correctness or no political correctness.
But with the things of God, the unseen, the spiritual, there is an idea of distance and time. So man makes his assumptions based on his desires. By nature we afford ourselves this false luxury. We decide what the truth is and believe it. Everything in our imaginary garden is lovely. Square peg, square hole – done and dusted.
It's like having our cake and eating it.
If only life was so simple. Have our cake and eat it?
We need to wake up and smell the coffee.
“BUT THE NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD: FOR THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS UNTO HIM: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.” (1 Corinthians 2:14).