Left to ourselves, beginnings are reliable predictors of endings. But God is”… not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b). He sends no one to hell. But we often forecast our own ending by our beginning. So be sure your directions come from someone who knows where they are going—lest you find yourself lost in the quagmire of a maze and cannot extract yourself.
GOD SAID: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth;… and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and God saw the light that it was good. And God divided the light from the darkness, and God called the light day and the darkness He called night. And evening and morning were the first day.” On the second day God said, “let there be a firmament, and He divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” And for three more days He created the dry land, the Seas, grass, herb yielding seed, fruit trees yielding fruit, the sun, moon, and stars, birds, fish, living creatures…everything needed to sustain life on this earth. And God called all of it good. By the Word of His mouth, on the sixth day, God brought forth creatures after his kind, cattle and creeping things…and it was so. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion…So God created male and female in His own image and He blessed them and told them to multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it.” And God saw all He had made and, behold, it was very good. And on the seventh day God ended his work and rested and He blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.
ENTER THE SERPENT WHO SAID: “ Yea, hath God said….?” And from that point on the serpent still asks every man, woman, boy and girl, “…hath God said…?”
EVE REPLIED: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
AND THE SERPENT COUNTERED: “Ye shall not surely die, for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.”
EVE SAW: …that the tree was good for food, and pleasant to the eyes, and she did eat and gave some to her husband. And he gobbled what she gave him. In spite of God’s instructions.
AND WE SAY: God couldn’t have possibly created this whole earth and everything in it in a week. “Did God really say six days?” So in this age of enlightenment, scientists, preachers, educators and scholars have set out to prove God wrong. Many theories have been pursued over the centuries and in this 20th Century, those created beings have decided we weren’t created—we evolved. Really? Many have gone so far as to say, “God is dead.” Or there is no creator, we evolved from a tiny, single slush pool of slime that multiplied for billions of years. And many Christians, caught in the middle of this battle for the heart and mind—not willing to take God at His Word—choose to blend the truth with the lie and proclaim those six days of creation must have actually been the multiplied thousands and billions of years of evolution and, like Eve they believe Satan’s lie. Is it easier to believe a lie rather than believe the truth? Look around you—is it really easier? A lie + A lie + A lie = More lies. This equation always ends with the same answer—a lie. Same answer, just multiples of how many lies have built the foundation you’re hedging your bets on. But God’s Truth never changes. It is His yesterday, today, and forever Truth. Shame on us! We’ve allowed lies from that serpent of old and those who refuse God’s truth to smear and sear the hearts and minds of our children so they are taught and now believe there is no absolute Truth. But. No. More.
The God of all creation addresses that error in the first Chapter of Romans: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse, because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:18-21 KJV). I live in the black land of east Texas, a geographical area where the ground heaves and splits, depending on conditions of heat and moisture in the soil. Imagine the ordeal of building a proper house with a solid foundation or roads on ground that always shifts. The only hope for a relatively stable foundation lies in the home owner’s ability to keep the soil around the foundation moist. Or just the right amount of rain. Not too wet, not too dry—just right—and that part of right is always a guessing game. The roads? Well, East Texans get used to bumps and potholes and road repair.
In the same way, we live in the black land of a pagan world, where life heaves and splits. If your house (your life) is built on the Truth of the Word of God, the moisture of the Holy Spirit’s continual conversation, between you, the Lord Jesus, and God the Father, holds your house (your life) firm in the rock solid power of God’s hand.
Remember the song we sang as children? “The wise man built his house upon the Rock, and the rains came tumbling down. The rains came down and the floods came up.” What happened to the wise man’s house? “The house on the Rock stood firm.” And folks, God’s Rock is Jesus! Albeit, the foolish man’s house—built on sand—in the midst of the storm, went SPLAT!
God’s Word is not a Sunday pick-and-choose buffet. It’s God’s forever Truth answering the who, what, when and whys of your life. Truth preserved from ancient times—eternal truth. Is it any wonder the world, perhaps even your family, and your life seem to be going splat? Perhaps you need to reassess what you are hanging your eternal destiny on and return to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, accepting the fact God doesn’t need to tell you everything—there are secret things belonging only to Him (Deuteronomy 29:29). And like Adam, Eve, Abraham, and everyone since that time, to be His adopted child, He requires you trust Him.
“For we are saved by hope; but, hope that is seen is not hope. For what a man seeth, whydoth he yet hope for?” (Romans 8:24 KJV). “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrew12:1 KJV). “And Abraham believed in the LORD, and He counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6 KJV) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 KJV).