We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Eating Dust

Fifteen years ago I would have been classified as an angry parent and spouse. But when I gave God back his job grace began to flourish in my home. Though I was saved by grace, I lived my life under the influence of the curse. Now some of you are wondering what I mean by “living under the curse.” Well, the curse came in Genesis after Adam and Eve sinned. I would like to focus on three of the things happened when God passed down this curse upon mankind. The first was that the serpent would now crawl on its belly eating dust all the days of its life. The second phase was placed upon the woman. In the KJV it says that in sorrow she would bring forth children. And to Adam it says, “That in sorrow he would bring forth the fruit of the ground.” The word sorrow in Hebrew carries the idea of &”intensive labor.” That is where we get the idea of a woman who is pregnant, being in labor. In other words, it is going to be hard work to bring children into this world and to raise them. And Adam is in for the same trouble with his work in sorrow or with intensive labor he will make his living trouble, weeds, thorns, and lay offs. It is important to understand that the curse was given by God to purposely frustrate mankind, in order to help us. We’re never intended to live life apart from God’s help. Unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain! Too many today are trying to control their family and secure their future through their own self effort. It is time to relinquish our control and turn to God. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, his grace really is sufficient for us.

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment