Satan’s opening line of temptation in the Garden was not one of accusation against God directly, instead, it planted seeds of doubt: “Did God really say?” First, it was a test of whether Eve knew and valued what God had said. Then he led her on a journey of questioning God’s motives as opposed to her own desires. Satan has not changed his tactics; so knowing what God has declared in Scripture is vital to our walk with God. Failure to study or lowering God’s Promises to our own personal experience levels are traps of the enemy. Father of Life and Light, I cannot depend upon any words but Yours. Awaken Your truth within me that I may not fail in the moments of temptation.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.