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Is One’s Path Through Life Supposed to Be Without Bumps?

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Last week, the observation that God had declared He will make smooth the path of the believer, was explored in several offerings.

Which led an occasional reader to later pose a VERY interesting question:

“Is the road I walk in this life SUPPOSED to be smooth?  I don’t know…that’s why I’m asking.”

Upon later reflection, it was decided the answer given at the time was most probably inadequate.

That answer consisted of TWO parts: Psalm 91:9-12 (paraphrased) and the observation that God has said–in His Word–SEVERAL times that He will protect and nurture the believer.

“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
–Psalm 91:9-12

While reflecting upon this exchange later, it was decided that the response was INADEQUATE because ONE IMPORTANT POINT was left unsaid at the time–because it was not thought of.

That one point was an observation based on what God’s Word in Genesis tells us about God’s creation of man.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. “
–Genesis 1:26-31,2:5-9,15-17,19

That unthought-of point not made during that discussion was the following:

God created man and gave man the garden of Eden to live in and enjoy.

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, God intended and created an idyllic life for man.

In other words, God ORIGINALLY intended for man to live in a world WITHOUT a bumpy road to walk.

All man had to do was be obedient to God’s commands and this ideal life would continue on and on.

BUT, man being man and the serpent being deceptive (not much has changed over the years), man had other ideas.  And so man has paid a penalty for his disobedience to God’s commands.

Back to the answer of that question: “YES!  Man’s road is supposed to be without bumps because man was originally created to live a life without a bumpy road.”

And, if any lesson can be drawn from all this, it is: there is a price to be paid for (unrepentant) disobedience to God’s commands.

Whether that disobedience happened in the garden of Eden or today, in one’s backyard.

DOES the reader believe that obedience to God’s commands is just a nice thought–and not much more?

DOES the reader put off thinking about the consequences of his life’s actions until some unspecified time in the future?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 10, 2021.]

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