What I Read Today;

Romans 3, Matthew 3, Isaiah 3, Job 3, Joshua 3, Genesis 3

Have you ever said, “You’ve been warned” to another person?

I know I used it many times with my children as they grew up.  My parents used that phrase on me and my brother.  As a manager, I’ve had to use it on my staff from time to time.

Despite the warnings, people just can’t help themselves.  It’s almost like something is built into our being to do the very thing we’ve been warned not to do.  We just can’t help ourselves.

In the story of humanity’s fall into sin, we see how Satan uses those warnings that God uses to keep us safe against us.  He simply uses our egos against us to challenge God’s authority.  

It’s kind of funny how we respond to authority.  We don’t like being told what to do.  We want to believe in our independence.  

Just as speed limits keep us from traffic accidents, God puts his restrictions on us to prevent us from harming others and ourselves. 

When our pride gets in the way, we stumble and fall.  We end up living with the regret of not living up to God’s standards.  Guilt and bitterness take over our lives.  

Yet even after we’ve fallen, God makes a way out.  Instead of condemning Adam and Eve, God utters the words of Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” ESV

God promised a savior, even after our first parents failed so miserably.  He could have wiped them both out and started over.  But instead, his love made way for each of us to spend eternity with our God.

That’s how magnificent our God is!

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