There are a lot of things these days that don’t work out as we have imagined or long for them to be, but there was a time when people learned the hard way that the only way to prosper and be satisfied and happy was to be obedient. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17) Thus began the story of how it became necessary for the Son of God to come to earth and be crucified in order that our lives would not be forfeit.
For whatever reason, we have come to believe and have allowed our children to think as we do, that we can do it ourselves. It may have something to do with pride or it may simply be stubbornness, but it definitely was not part of our Father’s plan for our lives. His intention was that when we were privileged to meet Jesus, accept Him as our Saviour and Lord and obey the Ten Commandments we would have everything we desired and be a happy people. It’s a shame we can’t go back and have a “do over”. I wish we could! However, since we can’t where do we go from here?
One thing we have to bear in mind is that we can make wrong choices and they can’t be blamed on anyone else. At any time in history, mankind could have said “enough”. Some lessons seem to be hard to learn. So here we are today with annihilation not only facing America, but the whole world as we know it. Is there no road to take, is it really too late? Never is a word we are not accustomed to accept and believe it or not, there is actually an answer to the problem and it can be found in the Word of God. We simply have to clean house and refurnish it with the help of the Holy Spirit.
In the book of Matthew we find discipleship being tested – Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to Him, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my Father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” (8:18-22).
Jesus made the Father’s creation available to all who would simply choose it. Today He is still giving us a number of outstanding examples to learn from and to be thankful for. Many of you may have been privileged to actually hear Billy Graham at the time he was filling stadiums and saving souls. I was in high school at the time and I remember asking the Lord what could I possibly do; I didn’t have anything to offer a God I hardly knew. Fortunately, we are not able to ascertain what the Lord can do with our lives if we simply allow Him to do so. Don’t assume life is easy; I have made many mistakes in my life, but my Lord has shown me what He can do if I will simply allow Him to do so.
There will always be decisions to make when we have to rely on what we know and simple common sense. As much as we would like to have a pass we are simply not allowed one. Are we prepared for such a time? Will there be one pivotal moment when everything hangs in the balance? Jesus came to earth to reveal to us what the future could hold if we could simply get over ourselves and follow Him into a glorious eternity. Who will you choose to follow?
Lead on, O King Eternal, the day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest Thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King Eternal, we lift our battle song.