Today I had the luxury of going shopping. This is something that I rarely have the opportunity to do, so when the time comes, it is pretty exciting. As I stepped into the store of my choice, I couldn’t help but notice the insane amount of people. There were women everywhere. Some eying this, some trying on that. Literally, it was sheer pandemonium inside this little store.
After a while of just watching, I began to listen to some of the conversations taking place. “Is this a better outfit than so and so’s?” “Do I look better in this one or that one?” “Maybe I should get this one because I know she wants it.” Ridiculous.
“When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – NIV
What is it with our culture and our need for stuff? Everyday of our lives, we try to fill our hearts with so much that is not of God. Advertisements seem to instruct us on what is needed to feel complete. Culture convinces us that we can be fulfilled if we have enough romance, leisure time, entertainment, possessions or money. We constantly tell ourselves that if we only had this or that, we could finally be happy.
We have all bought into this mentality at one point or another, and in doing so, have bought into lies. The fact is, if our heart is empty, it is empty only of God. He is the only real substance that can satisfy our cravings for fulfillment. Why, then, do we continue to press on after other things? Because we have been deceived by the great Liar.
Any discontent, any ache, any emptiness should drive us to our knees in hunger for the Almighty. Let us seek Him in every situation. Let us learn to depend on Him for what only He can provide. Let us turn from the Father of Lies to the truth that will set us free.
The best protection against Satan’s lies is to know God’s truth.