Thinking Out Loud

What If?

I just started the Essential 100 Bible reading plan from The plan guides you through 50 Old Testament passages and 50 New Testament passages – The Essential 100 – so you can see the “Big picture” of God’s Word. The first day took me to, you guessed it, Genesis 1 and 2. I’ve read these chapters before countless times. I’m very familiar with the creation story and can probably tell you most of it by heart. But as I got into Genesis 3 the next day where the serpent (Satan) deceived Eve into eating the forbidden fruit and where she eventually coerced Adam into doing the same, something dawned on me. It appears she hadn’t gotten the chance to really know God. She’d just been created from Adam’s rib and was enjoying herself in Eden, which I’m sure was the most delightful place ever created. Then, the serpent snuck up on her and before she knew it, she was doing the unthinkable…the one thing that God said not to do. I don’t believe that there is an error in the unfolding story of God’s redemption of mankind. I don’t think God messed up and didn’t give Adam and Eve more time with them. I am simply stating a thought that helped me apply something to my own life. There’s a chance I’ve lived longer than I will continue living. I’m 40 years old and could make it to 80 or 90 but nobody knows but my Creator. And in my years of living on earth and walking with Christ, I’ve learned a lot. But one of the sweetest truths I’ve learned about God is this: His will is best. Even when I think I might have a better plan than Him (which I never have) or have heard Him clearly (which I believe I often do), when I know that He wants me to take a different route or execute a different plan, I do it. Period. I have gone against His will more times than I’d like to remember and I’ve surrendered my own pathetic will to His lordship as well. I’ve done both. And the latter, albeit uncomfortable and sometimes scary, has always proven to be the better choice. But I, unlike Eve, have had years to practice and learn this truth about God. She didn’t. She was created and then immediately deceived. She heard God’s voice and literally walked with Him in the garden but apparently she was still tricked into messing things up for the rest of us. (Not bitter) (Maybe a little?) I guess what I’m getting to is that to know God is to trust Him. To trust that His will is best and encompasses a bigger picture than your minute section of the universe is essential. If you don’t really trust Him, chances are you don’t really know Him. And I don’t mean you haven’t asked Him to be your Savior, I mean that you haven’t spent ample time in His Word learning about His character, His ways, His plans, His heart. Because it beats for you. Get to know Him. He’s longing to spend time with you. He wants to share His blessings with you and give you the abundant life He promised.

8 thoughts on “What If?”

  1. One of my words this year is Trust. Thanks for this post; it’s a reminder I needed today. My trust is being challenged this morning.

  2. i can’t believe you posted this today. i have been reading your blog off and on for about a year now and truly appreciate your honest and biblical discussion on tough subjects. i recently have found a new church home (which i officially joined yesterday!) and i am looking for a reading plan to read through the bible…yesterday i actually thought about sending you an email asking if you knew of a good online source for this…and then you posted this! i am definitely going to check out tonight. thank you so much.

  3. Thanks for your comments about our E100. We have a web site where you can get other material and a book that offers commentary on each reading. This was written for you to use with your kids also. Blessings Bruce

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