Thursday, October 27, 2011

The loss of trust leads to the loss of life

This past Sunday I looked at the first half of Genesis 3, showing that the Fall of humanity into sin came about because of a failure to trust God. This loss of trust led to the loss of life. We are to live by faith, but to make decisions apart from faith, apart from God’s Word and will, leaves only death and judgment. It makes me think of a story…Tom was approaching the first hole one day at the golf course. The 1st hole was a long par 3, that required a 200 yard drive over a large lake, to a green surrounded by water. He had just been given some brand new golf balls (Titleist ProV1, approximately $4/ball) for his birthday. Being a Christian man, he bowed briefly for a word of prayer and asked God if he should use a new ball or one of older, scuffed up balls that could be hit into the water with less grief. Just then Tom heard an inaudible voice, “Use the new ball.” In faith, he walked up to the tee, teed up the new ball, and then heard from above once again, “Take a practice swing.” Tom obeyed. Immediately, the voice spoke again, “With a swing like that, use the old ball.” (source unknown)
Admittedly, the story is corny, but it does give a good picture of what it means to heed God’s Word in our lives. God’s plans and commands are never arbitrary. They are for our good. They are for our life. We keep ourselves from life, when we keep ourselves from God’s Word. We keep ourselves from life when we fail to obey God’s Word. Deuteronomy 32:47 reminds us of the surety of God’s Word for us: “They are not just idle words for you– they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
(From the Cornerstone Church Pastor Post on October 12, 2011)

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