Day: September 7, 2012

Lessons from Eden – Part 2

I love the Garden, so much is in the story. Nonetheless, the blog prior emphasized 1_eve-serpentungratefulness. This go round is something I recently had to learn and deal with. After the serpent shifted Eve’s focus to the one and only tree of a hundred (hypothetically) that she could not have, he caused her to do something else that was detrimental. He made her doubt what the Lord said.

Eve knew what God has said, because of Adam had told her. However, after losing focus, she enabled herself to become vulnerable to others’ opinions. Even in my own life, I knew what God said, but there were others around me that would give their opinions and insight, they wasn’t even necessarily bad, but, it just wasn’t what God said. In the same way, I knew what I wanted and I wanted it at the moment, so my selfish desires also blocked by vision. Nonetheless, I begin to doubt and reconsider what God had told me, and I got my emotions all mixed up and almost took matters into my own hands. Yet, by the grace of God and the power of his word, I found solace in knowing that what God said is what God said; no one can change what He said. This is why we have to keep God’s word in our hearts. There are so many voices and opinions and influences in this world, it can become harder and harder to decipher what is really the voice of God. Still, the closer we draw to Him, the clearer his voice becomes, no compromise, no doubt. Don’t make the same mistake Eve did.

God said it. I believe it. That settles it. Your purpose depends on it.

10 For just as rain and snow fall from heaven
and do not return there
without saturating the earth
and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow
and food to eat,
11 so My word that comes from My mouth
will not return to Me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please
and will prosper in what I send it to do.” – Isaiah 55:10-11

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Lessons from Eden

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One of the things I love about the Bible is the story aspect of it. The characters are so diverse, the plots are so intricate, and the lessons learned are even more dynamic. Of those stories there is the one story that started it all, “The Garden of Eden.” It is in this story that the world changed forever, and the only other time such a change happened was the birth of Jesus. Still, there at the Garden, there is so much that meets the eye, so many angles to look, and so many lessons to be learned. For the sake of this post, we’ll look at one.

The Devil still uses the same tricks as he did back in Eden today, because they still work. One of which is ungratefulness. Let’s just say, for example, there were 100 different trees in the garden. One hundred different trees, each with a different fruit or whatever element can grow on trees, and they were pretty too (Genesis 2:9). Looking at that alone, I can’t even name 50 different trees or the food that grows on them. However, out of the 100, God specifically said don’t eat of one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17).  Now, if Eve (since she was tricked first) would have realized that she already had access to the other 99 trees and would’ve been grateful with that fact alone, she wouldn’t have ate the one tree she wasn’t supposed to. Likewise, many people today, we lose sight of the many great blessings that we do have and the value in them. Then, in some way or another the Devil comes in and shifts our focus to the one thing that we don’t have and often don’t need, we lose sight and forget the blessings we already have, which is far more compared to what we don’t have. When the temptation or lust, if you want to call it, gets strong enough, we are led to do things we know we shouldn’t do and we many times compromise and we get ourselves into situations that God didn’t want us in in the first place. The lesson here is that God knows what’s best for us in our lives, and what’s best to fulfill our purpose. We don’t. We must be grateful always for what the Lord has blessed us with, be happy with those who God blesses as well (Romans 12:15), and remember what God has for us is for us.

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“He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

When Job exclaimed this to his wife, he had just lost all his wealth, his home, all of his children, his health, and to top it off, his wife was giving him the third degree, adding more fire to the flame. Yet, Job kept his focus on God. He didn’t at all see His purpose, but he knew God’s heart and sovereignty above all else. This is not to say he wasn’t upset or disheartened by all that had happened, rather Job understood the greatness and holiness of God. Job lost everything, but his heart understood that,

“naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In the same way, especially after talking to a friend of mine, some of us think God is a genie. We think He’ll just give us what we want when we want it, and that life will be honky dorie once we enter a relationship with Christ. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. In this walk with Christ, we are promised suffering, hurt, disappointment, and despair, although, there will be the good days. Still, we have to expect and accept the terrible nights as well. Any good relationship is about weathering through the storms. Where does your relationship lie? Jesus is in it for the long haul…Are You?

But I won’t leave you in fear or anxiety, because it will be worth it. Jesus said he would always be with us, he said he would meet our every need, David even said he will give you the desires of your heart, and it was Paul who said:

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

…Amen