Meditation

07/02/2021

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they did from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man. He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’ The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:8-13)

To communicate God’s presence, the Bible often speaks of God as if He has a human form. Here God was present in the garden He made, seeking His creatures, who had chosen to disobey His rules for living. The God who reveals himself is also the Creator who seeks His creatures and their welfare. Having trusted them with all He made, He is still available to save whatever we destroy: trust, creation, His hopes and plans.

I read these verses and cannot help but chuckle as a parent, when my sons did something wrong, the answer was almost always, “Not me, I didn’t do this or that!” When Adam is challenged, he doesn’t hesitate to blame Eve and when she was challenged, she immediately blamed the serpent. They both were instructed to eat of anything in the garden, except from the tree in the middle of the garden. Can’t you just see God shaking his head as He listens to His creatures making excuses?

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, help always to remember to do what it is that You have cautioned us not to do, but if we do, to have the good sense to come before You humbly and repentant, seeking Your forgiveness. It is in this that we praise Jesus’ precious name and that we pray Your will is done. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

God’s power is often imitated, but never duplicated!”

KNOWING GOD:

Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they had lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelite’s cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.” (Joshua 7:11-12)

Revealing Himself as the God of constructive purposes, God reminded Joshua and Israel that He does not associate with anything outside His nature or will. He therefore left Israel when Israel left His will and returned only when they returned to His will. Those who leave God’s plans to pursue their own poor choices cannot expect God’s presence in their lives.

Beloved, sin is not simply an individual matter. Individual sin affects those with whom we live. Sin can be serious enough to destroy a whole congregation of Go’s people Sin disrupts not only an individual relationship with God but fellowship with the covenant community as well.

I AM:

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And Ii was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” (2nd Timothy 4:17)

Paul found himself alone and felt extremely vulnerable to those he was seeking to witness to. He sent for help, to bring his scrolls and parchments, as he was fearful. A man named Alexander, a metalworker, was thought to be a friend, but had spoken out against the message Paul was attempting to share with the community he was in. He had forgotten to pray for strength and courage before witnessing to these people, but suddenly felt God’s presence and strength as he stood alone to face a pagan judge and to make the gospel known under very difficult circumstances. Beloved, we are never truly alone, for we can always calls upon the Lord for His strength when we are proclaiming the gospel message to a large or small crowd, and even to one individual.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6-7)

Jesus is the eternal life God has for us. No one has access to the way of life, the truth about life, or life’s meaning outside of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. He leads to eternal life in God’s presence. He is preparing our eternal home and will one day return to lead believers to His eternal home.

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