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Topic: TRUST (07/21/16)
- TITLE: An Everlasting Choice
By Robert Sherbondy
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An Everlasting Choice
Your basic challenge in life
Whom are you going to trust for your daily care and needs in your life? You were born into this world through no choice of your own. You had no choices in regard to the body into which you were born, your parents, the country where you were born, the neighborhood in which you were raised, and the economic and civic and social and religious resources that were available to you. When you took your first breath outside of your mother’s body, you were completely helpless. Someone began to take care of you, give you some basic food to nourish your body, and worked to make you comfortable and safe or you would not have survived. There was some much bigger person who provided you with some sweet milk that you could suck from a warm breast as you lay in the comforting arms of someone who seemed to care for you. In a short time you began to trust this person and others who seemed to be associated with her to care for you. When you became uncomfortable or hungry you cried out and they eventually came to care for you and to meet your immediate needs. They made sounds with their mouths as they sought to introduce themselves to you, to let you know how they felt about your presence in their midst, and who you were. You learned their titles like, “mommy” and “daddy”, and they began to refer to you with a word that eventually you realized was the name that they had given to you.
Through the years as you lived with these people and trusted them for your daily needs and care, you learned all of the basic skills and tools and rules that would enable you to grow and to live in the world into which you had been born. You also learned that not everyone lives in the same personal situation as you do, that there are a whole lot of threats to your comfort and safety, that there are a lot of different resources that are available to you for your daily needs and wants, and that there are even some people who may not like you or who are interested in caring for you or providing you with what you may need or want. As you quickly began to grow, you learned that there are some things in your daily life that seem to be “good” for you and others that seemed to be “bad”, but it was not always easy to figure out the basic benefits of what was available to you, because some people seemed to be willing to offer you some things that are not really “good” for you. So you had to learn whom you can trust to help you to make choices that could provide you with what is ultimately “good” for you.
Your creator’s basic rule for your good life
When God, your creator, created the first two human beings and set them into the “garden” of this world that was full of many “good” resources for their daily needs as grown beings with a basic freedom to make choices, he gave the man a clear order that would determine the situation in which they would live and the ultimate destiny of their souls. The rule was this: “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)1 This rule is God’s basic rule for all human beings regarding whom they are going to trust for what is “good” in their daily lives, if they are going to trust God or Satan, or themselves to determine what is ultimately “good” or “evil” in their lives. When they chose to disobey God through the seductive influences of “the serpent” (Satan) and ate the fruit of this tree to gain for themselves “the knowledge of good and evil” the caring relationship of trust and obedience and loving service that God had eternally intended for his created human beings was broken and severely altered forever. So this matter of trust has always been the basic choice of your life, and your choice will determine a lot of the specific factors in which you live your daily life and the eternal destiny of your soul.
1 Scripture quotations are from the ESV Study Bible English Standard Version. (ESV®), copyright © 2008 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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