Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
It is Satanís practice to convince people that what God calls good is actually evil and what God declares evil is, in fact, good. Satan persuaded Adam and Eve that their disobedience, rather than their obedience, would guarantee a full life. They believed him and immediately began to experience sinís consequences! Despite the absurdity of Satanís logic, he continues to deceive people into doubting what God has clearly said.
King Saul sought Samuelís affirmation for the sacrifice he had offered, even though he had acted in direct disobedience to Godís command (1 Sam. 15:13). Ananias and Sapphira expected praise from the early church for their offering, though they were blatantly lying (Acts 5:1Ė11). An Amalekite soldier sought Davidís gratitude for killing Saul, Godís anointed king (2 Sam. 1:1Ė16).
We, too, will face the temptation to call something good that God has declared wicked. We may be persuaded that we can accomplish more good by lying than by telling the truth. We may claim that we are mobilizing Christians to pray for someone in sin when, in fact, we are spreading gossip. We may assert that we are following Godís will in our job when, in fact, we are striving to pursue our own ambitions. We will also be tempted to call evil that which God declares is good. God says it is good to love our enemies, yet we might decide our task is to hold them responsible for their actions.
It is so important to hold ourselves accountable to Godís word. God does not need us to find exceptions for His commands. He requires our obedience.