“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Genesis 3:22-24
I seemed to find myself on the the wrong side of the law throughout my childhood, and I was quite familiar with the principal’s office. Ironically, my school career began in the principal's office my first week of kindergarten, and ended in the dean's office my senior year. I would like to think I learned my lesson throughout the years, but I did not, and I had to dance to the song I chose to play.
I always looked for other people or situations to blame for my actions. I made excuses for why I did certain things and blamed the influence of others. I was not always one to raise my hand and take responsibility for my choices. I was more concerned with not getting a spanking than I was about being ethical and honest. I wanted to alleviate the consequences my backside would soon feel.
I remember one time after a spanking, I was crying to my dad and told him life was not fair. I told him it was not my fault and I tried to blame my situation for what I had done. I tried to say it was not my idea, but I did not dare give up whose idea it was. My dad sat me down and explained to me how life works in God’s universe. Galatians 6:7 states, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” He told me I would always reap what I sowed whether that was good or bad. He told me it did not matter who I tried to blame or wanted to blame, because I would be the one who ultimately paid the consequences. I did not like this answer, but I have come to know it as the truth as it works in all facets of life.
I think of the Garden of Eden and how beautiful it was. I think of the built-in sprinkler system that God had set up, and I think of the sweetness of the fruit. There never was a problem finding the right watermelon as they all tasted delicious. The vegetables were all good and there was no such thing as pesticides or GMOs. Adam and Eve made a fatal mistake by disobeying God, and as a result, they were driven from the garden. Man was going to have to work the ground, and he would no longer be able to access the garden. There was no need for a “No Trespassing” sign as the flaming sword would discourage any attempt of re-entry. Disobedience brought about consequences and Adam and Eve learned the hard way that God's law of sowing and reaping always applies.
Where are you today friend? Are you accountable for the decisions you are making? Do you seek to blame others or the situations you are placed in? Do you blame your past, your parents, or your spouse? Do you realize you will give an account for your own actions and the role you played in them? Do you realize there will always be consequences for your actions and decisions you make? May we make godly choices and reap that which is everlasting. Galatians 6:8 states, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
Stay in the fight!