|“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Martin Luther — Where’s your priorities? Although it may seem counter intuitive, by putting God first in all circumstances, He reorders the rest of your day; and, miraculously, things that need to get done, get done.
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“To the woman he said, ‘I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’ And to Adam he said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” Genesis 3:16-17
When God prohibited Adam and Eve from eating of the tree, Satan suggested that God sought to restrain by fear what might easily and safely be taken by transgressing the command. Instead of gratitude Adam and Eve questioned the goodness of God in that He did not make them like God. Sin began by their doubting that God rules in their interest, that His will is unconditionally binding, and that there are unacceptable consequences to disobedience.
In a utopian environment Adam and Eve were discontent with anything short of being like God. It does not matter what God gives you; ultimately you will be unhappy until you supplant God. Here you can see the grotesque nature of man’s lust for autonomy. You will generally find a direct ratio between society’s affluence and its discontentment; the more people have the more discontent they are. Those who do not have are envious and those who do have are not satisfied. The more people have the more bored they are with life and the more preoccupied with autonomy they become.
It requires an act of your will to put limits on your appetites. A healthy relationship with the Lord Jesus will help you in this quest, but note the solution God implemented in Eden: pain and opposition. Thus you see two extremes on the spectrum of life: become like God or live in perpetual pain, opposition, poverty, disease, and war. If you live a life of gratitude, exchanging your appetite for autonomy for a life of submission to the Lord, you probably will be able to avoid a substantial number of these negative consequences.
Psalm 43-45 Acts 27:27-44 (New King James Version)
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