THURSDAY, MAY 16
“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:4-5 (ESV)
LIE TWO: YOU ARE SUPERWOMAN
Pastor David Mcnally recalled that he read somewhere that in South America members of a highland tribe came down and attacked a village of the lowland people. The highlanders smashed up the village and left taking plunder including a baby. The men of the lowland village were not very fit and were afraid of going up into the mountains, so when the baby’s mother begged them to help her, they just shrugged and went away with their heads down. The baby’s mother set off up a path into the mountains and disappeared. She was gone 2 days and 2 nights but when she came back, she was carrying her baby with her. The men said, “How could you, a mere woman, climb all the way up there and face those ruthless tribesmen?” “It was my baby”, she replied.
Most moms might have super powers if someone tried to harm their children, but the truth is none of us have super powers and none of us can do life on our own. Mother Teresa once said, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” The truth is there are lots of things life will give us we can’t handle. But there is nothing we face that God can’t handle.
In Genesis 3, Satan wanted Eve to believe she could have god-like power and didn’t need to believe God’s word. He even twisted what God actually said. When we try to parent, do marriage or just do life without God it’s not long before we learn the hard way that we need God. There are no perfect parents. Dave Barry observed: “A perfect parent is a person with excellent child-rearing theories and no actual children.”
When you’re tempted to try and be a superhero and do it all on your own remember the words of Edna from the Incredibles, “No Capes!” Don’t try to put on a superhero cape because you aren’t. But more importantly remember the words of God in Joshua 1 when He promises Joshua to be present with him no matter where he goes. Take some time and read Joshua 1. Underline some of the key promises that God makes to us.