Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13
Cynicism will tell you that everyone is selfish and phony; that the system is rigged and driven by greed; that you can never succeed so it’s pointless to try; that all absolutes are ridiculous and any virtuous act is just someone showing off. Let’s face it, the spirit of cynicism is everywhere, and Satan uses it to either temporarily threaten or permanently derail our faith.
Ironically, Satan’s first recorded words are cynical. He tells Adam and Eve, “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Satan is suggesting that God’s motives and intentions cannot be trusted. The enemy uses cynicism to try to assassinate God’s character and deceive Adam and Eve into believing dreadful lies about God; that He isn’t good and cannot be trusted.
Satan wants us to undermine who our heavenly Father is because once you doubt someone’s heart, it is a short walk to also reject everything they say. So it’s no surprise that when Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s word they felt the need to hide from Him. In their minds, God had suddenly become a threat to them and they assumed there was more to him than meets the eye, so they hid in shame.
Cynicism is a serious problem because fundamentally, cynicism is sin. Both its foundation and its message are unbelief. If not confronted with truth it can distort our minds and flow from our hearts. We must allow God’s word to inform our thinking and transform our hearts because God wants to heal us of our cynical attitudes.
Adam and Eve quickly realized that God wasn’t the person Satan had described; God did not forget or abandon them at all. Instead of running away from the mess they made or shouting from afar, we see the God of the universe embracing his creation on their worst day. Instead of bailing on His creation and destroying it all (much less Adam and Eve) God makes a promise to bring everything back to the way things were supposed to be through Jesus Christ. Love “always trusts, always hopes” (1 Cor. 13:7).
Our enemy seeks to place evil everywhere, even on God himself. However, we can counter his lies and the corruption of cynicism through fervent prayer and allowing God’s Word to inform our thinking and transform our hearts. So many are struggling with a cynical attitude or giving room to an unbelieving heart. Whether this is you or someone you love let’s ask God for help today, giving us clarity and a renewed faith as we draw near to the One who loved us first.
One of the most valuable ministries in our church is ReEngage. ReEngage is a Christ-centered marriage ministry designed to help couples reconnect, restore broken relationships, and enrich marriages in the Church. Today let’s pray for Pastor Chase Gentes and the RE ministry team (Roy and Janet Early, Patrick and Aaren Erwin) as they continue to minister to the couples of our church.