Genesis 12:1 – The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to a land I will show you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We always want God to show us what His will is and cannot understand when he “fails” to do so. Sometimes it is because we still want to hang onto what we have; not realizing that we cannot take hold of what He wants to bless us with if our hands are already full. He will show us, if we are willing to let go.
My Advice – Receiving God’s blessings will sometimes mean letting go of something we are clinging to. It may not be as dramatic as Abram’s story, but will most likely fall into one of two categories. The blessings He wants to give us are greater than what we have or He cannot bless us because what we are hanging onto is not good to begin with. Be willing to let go.
Did God Really Say
Genesis 3:1, 4 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Satan does not often start with outright contradiction of God’s Word. First, he calls us to question it (‘did God really say?”). This may be combined with distortion or misinterpretation of the Word (“you must not eat from any tree?”) that makes God seem unreasonable. Eventually he will take us where he wanted to all along – disagreeing with God’s Word (“you will not.”)
My Advice – Be careful with teachings and philosophies that question, distort, misinterpret, manipulate or contradict God’s Word. They may be subtle and seem small and innocent enough, but if we give Satan a foothold, He will always lead us into something bigger and much less innocent.
For my first series of musings, I am sharing from “A Dad’s Devotions.” “A Dad’s Devotions” was a 365-day devotional that I wrote for my son Joel for his graduation from college in 2007. Each day included a verse from the Bible, my impressions (musings) and some advice for my son. Joel is graciously letting me pass these musings along to you. I hope you find them helpful.
You Are Free
Genesis 2:16 – And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Freedom (“you are free”), responsibility (you must not eat”), choice (“when you eat’) and consequences (‘you will surely die’). A complete package, all present from the beginning. Freedom is not a license to act outside the will of God. While we may choose to do so, there will inevitably be consequences if we do.
My Advice – Be responsible in how you exercise the freedom that God gives you. Make wise choices that are consistent with God’s moral laws. This way you can avoid the consequences of wrong choices.