Don’t be deceived my dear brothers. (James 1:16)

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT your way was better than God’s and then later found yourself on your knees repenting because you put the blame on God for your sin?

Adam, the first man, refused to accept any fault for his actions. He tried to put the blame on God and his wife, Eve, for eating the forbidden fruit. A curse followed because Adam turned his back on the voice of God and chose to follow his wife in eating the fruit. Eve also refused blame for her actions, claiming the serpent made her do it. Because she distrusted and disobeyed God, Eve’s mind was not focused on her Lord and the peace that passes all understanding left her.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he expresses fear that the Corinthians’ minds would lead them to be deceived, as Eve was, and drawn away from devotion to Christ.

If someone challenges our faith in Christ, we must stand firm. Our prayer should be that we will never be found guilty of going astray, falling into error, or wandering away from the faith. When we sin, we lose the ability to know God’s perfect peace and His plan for our lives at that moment.

We can know God’s peace when we cling to God, follow and obey, and memorize Scripture.

Thank God for the ability to know His perfect peace.

Priscilla Tate Gilmore can be found visiting flower nurseries, at the coast, or sitting by the fire on a rainy day.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.