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Is God holding out on me?

October 12, 2015

Grace to you! Everyone has them. Vain regrets. Missed opportunities. What could have been’s. If only’s. Live long enough and you will have a sense of having missed out on a great moment in life. Perhaps it was not having the ideal family growing up as your friends did. Maybe it was always struggling with a health or financial issue when others seem to live wild and free while never suffering any long term effects. Maybe you have sought to follow Jesus Christ most of your life but somehow it seems the Lord blesses other Christians more than you. What gives? How do we respond to such nagging thoughts? What do we do when we’ve ‘missed out’? Biblically speaking, there is a way forward.

The opening pages of scripture show us our original parents in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were blessed by God (Genesis 1:26-28) and were given the entire planet to use for God’s glory and their good. The garden was plush with animals and vegetation all around. Man was given all kinds of glorious fruits and vegetables to eat. “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” (Genesis 1:29) However there was one exception. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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).

Imagine the vast amounts of food available to Adam and Eve. Markets around the world today show the vastness of the types of fruits and vegetables. We even have very large stores called supermarkets to try and contain some of the thousands of varieties of possible foods people can eat! Adam and Eve had any fruit or vegetable in the world they could eat, with the exception of one fruit! Satan tempted them to focus on the one tree out of the countless others to get them to think God was holding out a blessing on them. Satan says, “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5).

Today is no different. How many good things in life do we have? The sheer fact that we are alive is God’s amazing grace. God has given us far more than we deserve when we really deserve hell. Anything less than this is grace. Yet, God has given us something greater than anything else. He has given us Himself! The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup” (Psalm 16:5). If I know Jesus Christ, nothing I have supposedly missed out on in life nor what God has withheld from me is of consequence in light of God giving me Himself! Satan wants me to look at one tree I didn’t have access to all the while I have the very Creator of the trees as my inheritance if I’m in Christ!

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