You have always heard that the simplest answer is often the easiest to understand. Why do you reckon that is? Is it simply because we don’t want to stretch our thinking to more truthfully define whatever subject is at hand especially if it is not necessary? It may be that it is unnecessary to delve further, but often we may find it is like leaving the spoon of sugar out of our coffee; it is just not going to be as good.
A question often asked is a simple one. Why did Jesus have to die a horrendous death to forgive us of our sins; couldn’t He have simply said “I forgive you”? Your first response might be that without the shock value His forgiveness would not have had the impact and would be forgotten before the end of the day. That is probably true, but maybe the bottom line is that Jesus wanted us to know that our lives had value to the Father who created us. The Father’s intention in the beginning was to build a family that would live together in peaceful harmony; that would readily understand the value of loving one another and the Father who created them.
Well, hindsight is often beneficial as it helps us to make the best of an already unpleasant situation, but it is true that it would have been much better if we could simply have done it right in the first place. The Garden was a beautiful place, well stocked for every need and desire and obviously the best place to teach a much needed lesson to the children God desired to have. Our world today is already behind the eight ball, but our ever loving Father has already provided the solution – His most valuable possession, His first born son, to give us one more chance to get it right. Can we, will we take the bait? He has given us plenty of time to make our decision, time to see how bad things can get when we ignore His thinking and it doesn’t take a really smart person to see that we are in trouble in today’s world.
Even though opportunity for greatness and happiness have always been here, mankind has always had a “show me first” solution for any major problem. Then I will consider what you have to say. Sorry, but there is only one trip allowed through the door. If there is any thinking to be done, you had best do it before you get to the door. Right?
So, what helps us to get and retain right thinking in these sorry days? You’re not going to find it in any manmade guide for living; no, there is only one place to learn about everything that will enrich life to the fullest, and that is what you want – right? Yes, I know you already know the answer; my question to you is why aren’t you interested in it’s wisdom? You don’t have the time? Sorry to be so explicit, but do you have time to burn in hell? You don’t believe in hell?
Consider looking in the concordance of a Bible to see what is says about hell; it is a place of eternal damnation, pain, and separation from God. Hell is talked about by the psalmists and by the wise men of Proverbs. Isaiah is found taunting Babylon’s fallen king – Have you become as weak as we…your pomp is brought down to Sheol…the maggot is spread under you, and worms cover you (14:10-11). However, friends, the loss of life is not the big issue; the big issue is what Jesus says to us in the book of Luke – But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him (12:4).
Our God, a firm foundation, our Rock, the only solid ground…..
Unmatched in all Your wisdom, in love and justice You will reign
And every knee will bow.
You are the only King forever, Almighty God we lift You higher!