Friday, 31 August 2018
Last year, I ordered 2 dishes of bitter gourd on my birthday. Someone who is superstitious would have stopped me. For my birthday this year, my friends and I met for lunch and we talked about death, funeral, songs, photograph, columbarium… If we have someone superstitious with us, he (or she) would have stopped us. Christians are not afraid of death. Jesus has conquered death with LOVE. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Physical death is inevitable. We do not know how and when we will die. Likewise, nobody knows when Jesus is coming back but we do have a glimpse of how He will return (Revelation 19:11-16).
I read Genesis again and my eyes caught these words (in chapter 2):
And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Suddenly, I saw the word ‘GREED’ – Is man never satisfied with what he has? Do we always want more?
Verse 16 tells us that the LORD God COMMANDED the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you MUST NOT EAT from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will SURELY DIE.” Do we have a tendency to test God?
The garden is already full of trees and fruit that are PLEASING TO THE EYE AND GOOD FOR FOOD. Why does man want to ignore God’s command that is crystal clear and eat the forbidden fruit? Is it curiosity, rebellion or greed?
The prodigal son already has more than enough but he wants more. I can almost hear him say, “I want it NOW and I want to enjoy it MY WAY!” Can we not wait a little while? Waiting and obeying God’s commands always bear good fruit. The fruit from the trees planted by God is definitely good for our body. The spiritual fruit from the tree of life (word of God) planted by God, nurtured by the Holy Spirit is definitely good for our spirit. Thanks be to God!
Let’s turn to the centre of the Bible (Psalm 118):
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His LOVE endures forever.
The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
I WILL NOT DIE BUT LIVE, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
The LORD has chastened me severely, but HE HAS NOT GIVEN ME OVER TO DEATH.
The LORD is God, and He has made His LIGHT shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will give You thanks; You are my God, and I will exalt You.
GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.
Lam Yee Ling