Thursday, June 10, 2021

Why hardship never seems to end

 

The LORD JESUS said:

Revelation 3:10

King James Version

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, 

I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, 

which shall come upon all the world, 

to try them that dwell upon the earth.


Why does hardship on earth never seem to end?

We all got on the wrong ship, that's what.

I don't know about you, but ever since God made me born again, and His Holy Spirit started teaching me, everything became crystal clear.

Even the source of all our hardships.

And why it continues so.

Consider the following:

Eve was tempted.

Genesis 3:6

King James Version

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, 

and that it was pleasant to the eyes, 

and a tree to be desired to make one wise, 

she took of the fruit thereof, 

and did eat, 

and gave also unto her husband with her; 

and he did eat.


God was mighty mad and put out the curse.

Genesis 3:16-19

King James Version

16 Unto the woman he said

I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; 

in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; 

and thy desire shall be to thy husband, 

and he shall rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said

Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, 

and hast eaten of the tree, 

of which I commanded thee, saying, 

Thou shalt not eat of it: 

cursed is the ground for thy sake; 

in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; 

and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, 

till thou return unto the ground; 

for out of it wast thou taken: 

for dust thou art, 

and unto dust shalt thou return.


He sealed the garden of Eden from us.

Genesis 3:22-24

King James Version

22 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:

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth 

from the garden of Eden, 

to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 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.


Man kept sinning, thus, the curse was never lifted.

Exodus 34:7

King James Version

7 Keeping mercy for thousands, 

forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, 

and that will by no means clear the guilty; 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, 

and upon the children's children, 

unto the third and to the fourth generation.


Worse, man kept adoring other gods, and never God.

Deuteronomy 5:9

King James Version

9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, 

nor serve them: 

for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers 

upon the children unto the third and fourth generation 

of them that hate me,


Now, really think about it.

You don't have to be a master of logic, or mathematics, or even be a theologian to analyze things.

If God visited the "iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation", and we kept sinning in the midst of those generations, how can suffering ever end?

Hello.

Let's say the first generation sinned.

Fine.

Then the second generation got right with God.

Awesome.

Thing is, the third generation forgot, and rebelled.

Oh boy.

Won't that third generation pass on the same curse to its own next generations?

No wonder, JESUS was sent.

We could have been beyond redemption.

All right, the Lord probably said, "I'll take on human form."

"I'll take on your sins."

"I'll show you how to adore the Father."

"I'll show you how to love each other."

"I'll defeat death, and the devil, for you."

"I'll show you how last can be first."

"I'll show you that only God matters."

"I'll minister, but after I die, God will raise me up again."

"I'll show you God's power over life, and death."

"But I won't leave you comfortless. I'll send you the Holy Spirit, to teach you all things about Me."

"And yes, I shall come quickly, so start paying attention."


Still, despite the blood of the Lamb shed on the cross, and the Word of God given through Scripture, man continues to defy the Lord.

Man can probably try defying gravity.

But defying the ONE who CREATED gravity?

Really?

No wonder, the gravity of our sins.

It all weighs heavily upon us.


Sure, we are hounded by the enemy non-stop.

Ganging up on the few faithful, hoping they'll trip.

If there's but a few, steady faithful, can you imagine the implication of it all?

Romans 3:23

King James Version

23 For all have sinned, 

and come short of the glory of God;


And the never ending extension of that curse?

How can we stop all these?

Only JESUS can save us.

We must seek Him with all our heart.

Matthew 6:33

King James Version

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, 

and his righteousness; 

and all these things shall be added unto you.


And you'll see what happens.

God will send His Holy Spirit to those who really care to know His Son.

And your personal hardship might just end.

For you will now know what matters most.


Updated 26 January 2022


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