Only In Obedience
the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their
prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12.
man is safe for a day or an hour without prayer. Especially should we entreat
the Lord for wisdom to understand His Word. Here are revealed the wiles of
the tempter, and the means by which he may be successfully resisted. Satan
is an expert in quoting Scripture, placing his own interpretation upon passages,
by which he hopes to cause us to stumble. We should study the Bible with humility
of heart, never losing sight of our dependence upon God. While we must constantly
guard against the devices of Satan, we should pray in faith continually, “Lead
us not into temptation.”
When Balaam, allured by the promise of rich rewards, practiced enchantments
against Israel, and by sacrifices to the Lord sought to invoke a curse upon
His people, the Spirit of God forbade the evil which he longed to pronounce,
and Balaam was forced to exclaim: “How shall I curse, whom God hath
not cursed?” Num. 23:8. . . .
The people of Israel were at this time loyal to God; and so long as they continued
in obedience to His law, no power in earth or hell could prevail against them.
But the curse which Balaam had not been permitted to pronounce against God’s
people, he finally succeeded in bringing upon them by seducing them into sin.
When they transgressed God’s commandments, then they separated themselves
from Him, and they were left to feel the power of the destroyer.
Satan is well aware that the weakest soul who abides in Christ is more than
a match for the hosts of darkness. . . . Only in humble reliance upon God,
and obedience to all His commandments, can we be secure.
Let none deceive themselves with the belief that God will pardon and bless
them while they are trampling upon one of His requirements. The willful commission
of a known sin silences the witnessing voice of the Spirit, and separates
the soul from God.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 86.