The above title was the advertising tag for one of those insipid tabloids from years past that grace the check-out counter at the grocery store. They tend to be right there with the candy bars to make it more convenient to rot your body and soul at the same time. In my mind, tabloids rank up there with Harlequin romances and other forms of mental/emotional snake oil.
There is something to be said, however, about the human mind in that we do want to know. Usually too much, in fact. Which is what got us into trouble back in the Garden. However one chooses to interpret the ancient works of Genesis, eating from the forbidden tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil opened a door we were not created to step through, forcing humankind into a journey of desperation, deception, and death.
Okay, put in that context, I suppose grocery store tabloids are pretty minor.
Not that the human mind was meant to be encased in ignorance—far from it. Knowledge wasn’t a forbidden fruit, it was knowledge of good and evil. In other words, being responsible for recognizing the two apart from relationship with the Creator. God knew there was an enemy roaming about His otherwise perfect garden…
Sure, the somewhat cryptic account brings up a lot of questions, good ones in fact. But that’s not surprising, considering that life itself is one big question mark. “Why” and “what-if” to begin with. I won’t bother to bloat my word count with some the more common complaints, but you don’t have to be in the human race for long to start asking them, and being annoyed with the answers, or more accurately, the lack thereof.
Which brings me to the point:
“Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.”
Thesis statement: knowing God provides me with the security and confidence to lay down my need to make sense of everything. When I finally reach that point, not of apathy or resignation, but of trusting surrender to a plan and purpose greater than my own, it become easier to breathe. Some circumstances may become clear, some not. But again, that’s not the main thing.
Knowing God is what we were originally made for, the main thing that was sacrificed in the Garden.
Knowing God is still what we are made for, the main thing that was sacrificed for on the Cross.
Plus, it makes for a much better read than the tabloids…
Psalm 90:2.4 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.