Tuesday, April 25, 2023
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV).
Dear friend, you do not have to lose everything!
A well-known newspaper columnist/counselor once stated that, out of the roughly 10,000 letters she received each month, the theme of the majority of them was a single word: FEAR. These people writing to her and seeking her advice were terrified of losing their health, their money, and their loved ones. Of course, she was “the blind lead[ing] the blind” (Matthew 15:14), for no unsaved person is qualified to provide any lasting, meaningful answers to such intimate questions. Human opinions are of no worth in light of eternal matters.
Sin complicates life, and a simple example of this is documented in the Book of Genesis. Take this excerpt from chapter 3: “ And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
Once Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, their marital relationship was never the same, and their relationship with their Creator was never the same either. Adam and Eve hid from the LORD (verse 8), and, when confronted, Adam blamed Eve and God for his sin (verse 12). On that day, sin was introduced, three enemies were produced, and life became complicated and uncertain….