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In Touch - Dec. 12-13, 2009

  • 2009 Dec 12
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December 12-13 
Doubting God's Goodness 

Genesis 3

Living in this fallen world can challenge our faith in God's goodness. The pain and suffering that resulted from Adam and Eve's sin may cloud our understanding of the Lord and tempt us to blame Him for every difficulty. Then we might wonder why He doesn't always relieve hardship, fix our problems, and give us what we want.

When Eve listened to the serpent's lies, she began to doubt that the Lord had made the right choice in forbidding her to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Why would He deprive her of wisdom and the enjoyment of food that looked so desirable?

Our thoughts are similar to Eve's when we do not agree with our Father about what is best for us. From a human perspective, "good" refers to that which is enjoyable, delightful, comfortable, or profitable. But God has a much higher standard and is always working to achieve His purpose—to develop Christ-like character within
His children.

Behind every restriction or commandment from the Lord is His loving care for His followers. He knows the tormenting consequences of sin and wants to deter us from rebellious choices that will wreck our lives. In refusing His will, we choose pain and trouble.

Eve learned through disobedience that God knows what is best. We have opportunity each day to discover His goodness by listening to His voice, obeying His commands, and trusting His wisdom. Whatever comes our way, we can know that He is working for both our temporal and eternal good.

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