This story percolates to the surface because of my endeavors to outfox Buddy, our puppy. I use a variety of tricks while trying to collar him downstairs when he is being naughty, coaxing him to eat his dog-food when he'd rather scavenge outside, and getting him to stop barking when he hears a doorbell on TV. Sometimes we can't get him to come downstairs and, most times, we can't get him to come upstairs. His crate is upstairs; so going up is not that appealing to him.
Coaxing Buddy to drop a sock, glove, hat, or shoe that he has picked up with lightning speed used to be a trial. Now I just say "drop it" in a very stern voice and, fortunately, he obeys that command. It's a contest of will and wit to be one-step ahead of a puppy.
Getting back to the title "Do I Ever Try To Outfox God"? Just typing that title makes me laugh:0 It's very silly but I believe I do try to outfox God. I used to substitute the word "concern" for worry, because I know that worrying is a sin. I have a difficult time asking for help also. I cloak it in the thought that I don't want to bother anybody. In reality, it is due to the sin of pride. Did that escape God's attention? I don't think so. Our LORD doesn't take any time-off.
A few years ago I created the phrase "spiritual loophole". My definition of it is finding a way to excuse ungodly behavior. It is quite human to have a ready excuse for questionable behaviors and words. But don't we really know, deep-down, that we have crossed the line?
Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts". Enough said!