Last night before I went to bed I spent some quiet time in a devotional by John Eldridge. He’s one of my favorite author’s.
He shared some thoughts about a conversation his wife and him had over breakfast about sanctifying one’s imagination. Part of his thought process went on briefly to consider speculation as part of one’s imagination. From there it hit me just how big a trap speculation can be. Satan is known as the father of lies, and like a master of strategist, he knows in a war to attack the lines of communication. He knows to distort the truth, and to heighten fears.
Speculation preys upon fears, and failed expectations.
“They haven’t called yet. They probably would rather talk to someone else.”
“My car engine’s making a funny sound. The engine is probably about to blow up.”
Speculation takes advantage of fear to sow seeds of mistrust. Speculation turns those fears into anger, and further into pain. Eldridge hit the nail on the head when he called speculation godless. We have to be careful not to let speculation run rampant.
“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
We have to focus on what is fact and what is truth, and often remind ourselves of the two to combat speculation and to see through Satan’s attempts to trap us.