A Deadly Pandemic Part 4
We can lament and mourn but God will not indulge our demands to be enthroned. He’ll remain our Lord or we’ll serve Satan. There really is no middle ground here.
The scariest attribute of entitlement is blindness. Entitlement permeates every aspect of our lives and dictates all of our decisions, so how can we be so blind to feeling entitled? Because we feel we’re right.
Entitlement masks itself as truth with tendrils into our very soul. So much so that it becomes who we are. We literally take on the characteristics and become the embodiment of our demands. What’s that look like?
Like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings, we pet our beloved precious. Gollum felt entitled to the ring and abused by anyone who denied him his right to possess it. Ours might not be a golden ring – it might be the love of our children, respect of our co-workers, love from an absent father, understanding from those around us, affirmation or being valued as a person, the intimacy of friendship, security from danger, sexual satisfaction to cover our pain . . . you name it.
So how can my personal fulfillment be wrong? Entitlement starts with a need, desire, or unmet want that crosses the line to embitterment. God is the source of all things, and when we demand those things as our right instead of receiving them as a gift, then we enter entitlement.
Satan too nursed his own offense against God. “I should have been God!” The devil is the KING of BITTERNESS. He’s the first entity that was so bold as to instruct God.
Illegitimate as it was, Satan’s offense was still connected with deep and passionate desire—earnestness charged with great feeling. And so is our entitlement. Our presumed due becomes our truth and reality. Yet God will not bow to this falsehood no matter how electrified our belief. God will be God—even if we resist Him fervently.
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