As I am writing in response to today’s quote, I am working at home, waiting to hear from our system admin about a potential virus that is trying to infect my computer. The message seems inocuous enough. In fact, it seems very helpful.
There are serious threats detected on your computer. Your privacy and personal data may not be safe. Do you want to Clean and Protect your PC?
Yes, remove these threats.
No, continue unprotected.
Of course I do not want to continue unprotected. No one wants to have a computer that is infected with a virus or is unprotected from future threats.
Ah, but therein lies the rub. I’ve heard from enough people that running the antivirus software in this scheme is the very thing that introduces the virus into the system. Clever. Use the promise of protecting someone from the very thing that threatens them to cause the infestation!
How often in our own lives do things that promise us joy and fulfillment end up being the very things that take away joy and fulfillment from our lives? How many times are we lured into sin with the promise of being happier and better off for it only to find out that it leaves us empty and much worse off in so many areas of our lives?
Jesus often spoke in parables, but he also warned his disciples plainly to “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.” (Luke 20:35) and “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.” (Luke 21:8)
While He gives us fair warning that many will try to deceive us (see also Matthew 26:41 and Deuteronomy 4:9), Jesus also promises that He will protect us, that He will counsel us and show us the way we should go.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8) “The Lord will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life.” (Psalm 121:7)
Getting the message of what God is trying to teach us lies in walking with God and listening to His voice. Many will come to deceive us, but God’s voice will lead us in the way we should go when we listen with a teachable heart.
Yours for the celebration of life,