Then the lord God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” So the lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.
The title of this passage of scripture in the New Living Translation is called “Paradise Lost: God’s Judgement”. In the Garden of Eden there were two trees- the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.
Adam and Eve took from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, against God’s direct command not to. The result? Paradise was lost. He banished them from the perfect place he had for them and sent them to work.
How many times do we mess up our blessing?
God gives us something or someone and we misuse, abuse or mistreat it based off our own fleshly desires. Money, relationships, jobs, our bodies...
If he took paradise away from all of humanity, how much more do you think God will take away our little blessings when we take them for granted?
I heard someone say, “To take people in a different direction you have to disrupt where they are going.”
As a child of God, your plans get disrupted when God sees you are going in the wrong direction. Just like parenting a child, he stops us in our tracks when we are headed toward self-destruction.
But don’t get discouraged. Hebrews chapter 12 talks about how God’s discipline proves his love for us. Verse 11 says:
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
If you feel like your life or path is being disrupted, just know that God may be trying to take you in a different direction. Even though it may feel like punishment, be still and know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28).
Lord, you are so awesome. I believe that you are in control of everything that happens in my life. I never want my will to supersede yours because I know I will always fail outside your will. Right now, my path feels disrupted, and I don’t really understand everything you are doing. But I confess right now that I trust you in whatever you are doing. I know that the path I want to be on may not be the direction you need me to go. So I relinquish my plans for your plans. Give me the grace to overcome and the wisdom to do what you need me to do. In Jesus' Name- Amen.
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