We all [hopefully, all of us] know the story of Adam and Eve, the very first Bible story involving human beings.
Adam and Eve listen to the serpent and ate the fruit.
God comes looking for Adam to have fellowship with him.
God doesn't find Adam, so He starts asking "where are you?"
Adam says, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
The next statement, made by God, is the basis for this blog post, and opens up a very profound point I'd like to explore today.
Genesis 3:11 - "Who told you that you were naked?"
God was asking Adam where the information was coming from.
I think we need to ask ourselves the same question.
Perhaps the doctor has told us we are sick.
Perhaps the loan officer has told us we can't get a loan.
Perhaps the admissions officer won't let us into the university.
Perhaps the husband or the wife has told us "it's over".
Perhaps statistics have told us we're too old to start a new career.
Perhaps family have told us we'll never make it.
Every day, all the time, from all over the place, we are receiving reports [messages] about ourselves from life all around us. The magazines tell us we're too fat, the doctors tell us we're going to die, the bank account tells us we can't cope financially, the company tells us things are shaky, and the economy tells us we might go under.
Jesus told us in John 16:33 -
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
The Psalm tells us in 34:19 -
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."
God never promised us a world without problems.
What he promised us was that in every situation, He is God and Lord over all.
Just as He asked Adam, "Who told you that you were naked?", so today, He asks us:
Who told you that you were sick?
Who told you that you were going to die?
Who told you that you can't make it?
Who told you that you will be getting a divorce?
Who told you that you will lose everything?
The book of Isaiah says, "For who has believed our Report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" [caps mine]
With Goliath facing Israel down, and with certain defeat imminent, David said it this way:
"Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
The disciples asked Jesus about the fig tree which Jesus had cursed to the point of withering, and Jesus said that the disciples could in fact speak to a mountain that it be cast into the sea, and that it should obey them.
Hopelessness, disappointment, and other circumstances are trying to talk to us.
As the people of God, we need to do some talking back, using the word of God!
God is asking us, "Who told you this about yourself?"
God has said a lot of things about us, and we need to be to the point that we completely trust what God has said.
We Christians are famous for making the following statement:
"The Word of God is the final authority."
It is time we rise up and MAKE the word of God the final authority in OUR lives.
Who told you that you were naked?