PLEASING GOD: THE ULTIMATE GOAL!
There was an interesting night that we were having some difficulty resolving our disagreements. It was one of those nights that the atmosphere grew cold, and it seemed like it would remain that way.
Suddenly, we heard our neighbours’ voices at the back of the house. We looked out and saw they were trying to kill a snake. I rushed for the car keys. Irewamiri came with me. We got into the car and drove to the back of the house. The car headlamps would be helpful.
Unfortunately, the huge snake escaped. We drove back home and resumed our silent wars. What an amazing couple we were; we could come together to deal with a snake outside our home, but we were willing to go to bed with our snakes right inside our house.
Your life is not just about putting up an appearance to men that all is going on well with you or your marriage. The goal is to please God, especially when no one is watching also. Paul stated that if he was still trying to please men, he will not be a bondservant of Christ (Gal. 1:10)
Beloved, you are either trying to please men or walking and living to please the Lord. Your life is not made to prove a point but to please the Lord. Since you have been trying hard to prove a point to men, what have you gained? For instance, marriage is sweet when your “pepper-them-to-match” attire is not a covering for the pepper that is stinging you both hard at home. Kill the snake in the house. Stop living with “snake issues”. Deal with that slippery issue. Knock it hard on the head. Do not let it eat you up.
By extension, beware of friendship that is generated because you have a common enemy. It never lasts long. When the common enemy is eliminated, you become the enemy of one another. There are many friendship that is “common-enemy” motivated. Do not fall for that trap.
If you need a perfect description of this “enchantment or divination,” look at this:
The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other.
2 Chronicles 20:23 NLT
The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
2 Chronicles 20:23 NIV
Do not kill external fires without quenching the fires at home. Do not become the devil’s tool to destroy your own life or your marriage.
Thread with caution.
temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.