In Genesis 3:1-7, the story of Adam and Eve, we learn of a menace. The serpent, Satan, deceived the couple into disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit so they would “be like God”. But why listen to a serpent? Did his words alone entice Eve, or was there also something attractive about him?
Whenever life or people threaten to pull us under, as believers in Jesus, we know we have a Rescuer. “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep . . . . I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered” (Ezekiel 34:11-12).
We’re tied to one another. “The body is not made up of one part, but of many,” Paul says (1 Corinthians 12:14). We’re not isolated. Just the opposite: we’re bound in Jesus.
Our life in Jesus is much more like a duet than a solo performance. Sometimes, though, we forget that He’s “sitting next to us,” and it’s only by His power and guidance that we can “play” at all. We try to hit all the right notes on our own—to obey God in our own strength, but this usually ends up seeming fake and hollow. We try to handle problems with our limited ability, but the result is often discord with others.
More than a million young people take part in the International Letter-Writing Competition each year. In 2018, the theme of the competition was this: “Imagine you are a letter traveling through time. What message do you want to convey to your readers?”
If God wrote a letter to you today, what would it say? If you wrote a letter to a friend telling about how you’ve encountered the living God, what would it say?