The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 12:50am, flashed a gun and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. Frustrated, the man walked away. What??
In Kentucky, two men tried to pull the front off an ATM by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home. With the chain still attached to the machine. With their bumper still attached to the chain. With their vehicle's license plate still attached to the bumper. Ha!
John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Satan, however, is not that laughable. No, he knows how to steal and get away with it.
Jesus said that the enemy of our soul was a thief. But he is not thinking of stealing your car, your house, or your job. Those things are not valuable to him. He comes to steal something much more valuable – the word of God in your heart.
Jesus told a parable normally called “the sower and the seed.” He said that a man went out to sow seed on the ground and even though the seed could produce great fruit, it had to fall on good ground in order to grow up and bear fruit. Jesus said some of the seed that was sown was immediately stolen.
Mark 4:15 (NKJV) When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Think of the times you heard some promise from the Bible, and you thought, “That really doesn’t work. I don’t believe that. I knew someone who thought like that and nothing special happened for them.” Yep, you just got ripped off. Maybe you went to church and heard a great message that filled you with hope, and before you got out of the parking lot you got into a fight with your spouse or kids or both. You got mad and thought, “Why did I come to church anyway today?” Yep, you lost it.
How then do we keep these precious promises from being taken from us? You establish these promises from God in your heart by saying them, thinking them over, meditating on them. As you begin to train your mind and heart to believe God instead of your circumstances, you begin to have hope. You begin to feel faith rise up. Because the word of God is a book of eternal promises from God. You can trust it.
The next time you feel doubt slipping back into your heart, stand firm and say out loud, “I will trust God through this. He has been faithful, and He will be faithful in this too.”