…always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7 ESV)
I have an insatiable desire to read books, learn new things, and expand my understanding of subjects I have not yet explored. To a fault, my appetite for new knowledge is never satisfied because I enjoy gaining perspectives on history and how this world is influenced by the ideas of others.
There is a concerning movement, however, that has existed since the fall of man which is the removal of any subject related to God and ignoring his spiritual truths. There are people who would rather create their own philosophies that only fit into their agenda and justify their lifestyles. It is funny how society can create its own laws only to be broken by those who have a total disregard for them or interpreted by paid experts to figure out the loopholes, thus creating another layer of laws to remedy the ones that were imperfectly written. This cycle repeats itself and never addresses the root cause to the majority of our problems: sin.
The more we sin, the farther the distance between us and God because our minds are set on the wrong ideas and desires. That is how Satan lures us into his deceptive schemes. He entices us to think there is nothing wrong with what we are doing and so we do it. Then, when we commit the acts, he becomes an accuser and tells us that we are good-for-nothings undeserving to have any kind of relationship with Jesus. While some people are fortunate to escape that trap, many remain stuck and do not know how to get out. And when they are shown the way out by well-meaning Christians, they are stricken with fear that they would be condemned and ridiculed for their past sins.
Oh, how I hate the schemes of the devil! Hence, the reason why I try to publish a word of encouragement for anyone who needs it today. Read what Nehemiah says about God’s character in this passage:
They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. (Nehemiah 9:17)
Now isn’t that great news? God is indeed approachable, and we need not be embarrassed or fearful of him when we ask for his forgiveness, mercy, and love. He will gladly give all of that to us. And that is how we can escape the trappings of the devil to learn spiritual truths.