How easily we miss the big picture.
How quickly it destroys us, and it hurts the heart of the God we say we love.
I've been reading And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh for a class, and one chapter talked a lot about the biblical parable of the pearl of great price. Gresh emphasized the devotion needed to give up every lesser thing to obtain the pearl, the greatest thing.
I began to think of lesser things in my life. Ironically, though I knew they were lesser, they were some of the things that were most important to me.
To my shame, I began to mentally argue with God.
"They aren't bad things!"
"Why would you ask me to give that up or re-evaluate it?"
Can you see the point I missed? Think about it! What did I miss?
In surrendering the things I love to God, He gives me something better. Something beyond anything I have. In surrendering my sin, He gives me salvation. When I surrender my desires and plans, He gives me a life that honors Him and brings me joy and fulfillment.
I'm no different than Eve. She lived in a garden with all the wonderful things she could ever need, she had a perfect relationship with her husband, and she had an unbroken relationship with God Himself. Yet instead of being thankful and content with all she had, she became fixated with the one thing she was not allowed to have. She decided God wasn't right to keep it from her. She decided she was wise enough to make her own choice and disobey God.
In Eve's story I see myself. I run to trees God has told me to avoid and ask, "Why not this tree?"
I can imagine a response from the Lord. "Why that dangerous tree when I have given you so many good trees to enjoy?"
When I choose the forbidden over the gift, I take marred happiness instead of joy.
I choose temporary pleasure over lasting fulfillment.
I chase destruction and evade restoration.
I cling to wounds and refuse healing.
Don't mistake my meaning. I'm not suggesting that if I give God all my money, He'll give me more. That's not the kind of blessings I'm talking about at all here. I'm just making one statement about God's goodness.
God gives to His children above and beyond anything He takes.