Gray Matters

I was so sure 8 hours ago.

I had just received a job offer for a position I had been praying about and really wanted. I was overjoyed and had thanked God profusely.

But that evening as I mentally rewound the day’s events, the euphoric solidity I held in my hands began to soften.

Did God really want me to take that job?

Maybe I got ahead of Him…

Maybe I’m making a mistake…

I began to doubt and wonder if I hadn’t been following God’s leading. But during a conversation with my sister, she said something interesting:

“Satan lives in gray. He creates it to confuse, deceive, and make you question.”

Gray. Those pieces of life that, unpredictably and without reason, go from clear to vague.

An issue becomes as foggy as a moist morning, as fuzzy as nearsighted vision.

Whenever God speaks to His people, imparts His wisdom, and reaffirms His love, satan always tries to smudge His meaning, cloud His intent, and dispute His words.

Since creation, he has tangled black and white into a DNA helix twist to create gray messes.

In Genesis 2, God clearly tells Adam he may eat of any tree in the Garden of Eden except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Yet, in the following chapter, satan, in the form of a snake, asks Eve,

“Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

Did he really say it?

There could be no mistake. The Lord clearly stated which trees were good for food.

But the clarity suddenly becomes hazy when it’s seemingly challenged, repeated by an adversary.  It’s then reduced to null when satan exclaims,

 “You won’t die [if you eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil]! God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

A lie.

It all goes downhill from there.

It’s amazing to see how we can go from knowing the absolute truth from the mouth of God to believing the absolute untruth from satan.

All because satan made what was crystal clear into opaque gray.

Reminded that gray is not part of the rainbow


Psalm 19:8:

 The commands of the LORD are clear, 
      giving insight for living. 

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