Recently my wife and I went to a local drug store to buy some paper products. When we got there we found out that everything we went to buy was on sale. Along with paper towels we found chips and peanuts on sale. Ok, if you must know we really went to buy some toilet paper. The 12-pack of toilet paper was on sale for $5.99 marked down from $9.99. (Yeah, that’s why we don’t usually do our shopping at the drug store!)
We collected all of the products and headed for the checkout. As the cashier scanned all the items I was mesmerized by the candy bars placed on racks in front of me to ensnare impulse buyers. They all seemed to be calling my name. As I was zoning out I heard my wife say, “Hey, wait a minute, that’s not $9.99 that’s $5.99.” The scanner entered $9.99 for the toilet paper instead of $5.99. So I walked with the cashier over to the paper aisle where we got the toilet paper package. (You know the customers in line behind us loved that!) The cashier saw the $5.99 sales tag and took it off the shelf.
She said bluntly, “That’s not on sale. It was on sale last week, but I’ll give it to you for the sales price.”
I said, “Great!”
So we went back to the counter and after some computer wrangling the cashier checked us out with our $5.99 toilet paper. Yeah!
This is very similar to living our Christian lives. After accepting things the Lord has promised (those things on sale) and we take them to the checkout counter (we pray), there is always doubt and questionings that arise. Those doubts bark loudly saying what God has promised is not for us. Or, those doubts tell us why we will not receive them.
Had my wife not noticed the discrepancy, and had she not spoken up about it, we would have paid the full price for the toilet paper. We should notice when our doubts strategize against us and we should speak up against them. Three times Jesus resisted the devil’s doubts by speaking up. He spoke up against the discount thief by repeating, It is written! (Luke chapter 4 verse 4, verse 8, and verse 12).