“I CAN’T STAND NOT KNOWING!”
Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. Genesis 34:1
Has curiosity ever gotten you in trouble? There was something in you that just had to know what you didn’t know. Thoughts of what lay on the other side were obsessive. Restraint gave way to indulgence.
Dinah’s life has been sheltered. She has only known the ways of her extended family. She’s heard stories of other tribes but has never seen them up close. Now, with the outskirts of Shechem her new home, she’s interested to know the ways of their people. She leaves the protection of her family to satisfy her curiosity. She will be raped and her innocence will be stolen.
There are many things God tells his children to stay away from. Mystical spirituality, the way the occult, beckons to the curious. How many have tasted of hell’s delights and paid a high price in the after effects? A door was opened that gave Satan access to their lives. Most don’t know how to close it, or even that it can be closed, and live a lifetime of torment that comes from spiritual compromise.
What am I to do with my God-given curiosity? What can I do for my thirst for what is hidden? Is it wrong to want to know the secrets of the kingdom? No. I am the child of a Father who loves to teach me His ways. “There is a God in heaven who is the revealer of mysteries.” Daniel 2:28 My thirst for all that makes me feel intellectually and emotionally stimulated is found in God. If I ask Him to teach me, He takes me to stunning places of wisdom and understanding. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13
Satan has led people to believe that spending time with God is boring, the reading of scripture is monotonous, and prayer is the stodgiest thing of all. The problem is compounded by the fact that many of our spiritual teachers haven’t found real life in God either and keep perpetrating the lie. They are merely reporters on their traditions.
Oh, to meet someone whose heart bubbles over with what God is teaching them. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33
Dinah roamed outside safe boundaries. She was never the same again. Roaming outside God’s boundary lines exacts a stiff price. It’s never worth it. The best things of life are found at home in the courts of our King.
I pray for everyone reading this who doesn’t know You as the revealer of secrets. Open the eyes of their spirit to Your Word. Open the ears of their heart to Your voice. Amen
Question: Are you suffering today because you opened a door to what God has forbidden? Are you tormented because of it? Repent of that act and ask God to cleanse you of all effects. With sin confessed, Satan no longer has legal right to you. Ask God to close the gate and seal it by the power of His Spirit.