“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” DEUTERONOMY 10:14
“But you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” GENESIS 2:17
What has man done to God’s wonderful world? A world He created to benefit living, With every provision for body and mind. How deep is His love, how gracious His giving! Yet man in his limited knowledge and power Has sought to be God. Destroying and tainting The intricate detail and balance created By wisdom and overall infinite planning.
It began in the garden with dissatisfaction Of all the provision that God had ordained. And has grown through the centuries, out of proportion As Satan has tempted, deceived and profaned. Man: always wanting what God has forbidden, Reaching out for the fruit of untouchable tree!
How can we rectify, correct the damage This world has suffered through man’s liberty? God gave us free will to choose our vocation, To accept His provision and live by His plan, Or go our own way in search of authority, Fortune and fame and the things that tempt man!
But this path is proving the world’s sad undoing, This path is leading to horrors unknown, And until man awakes from his slumber of sinning God’s wonderful world cannot be His true home! Because of His love for this world and its people, Made in His image, yet gone far astray, He offered His Son that the world be delivered And His people return to His perfect way.
Still in His mercy God gives us the choices To continue the path leading only to death, Or return to the One Who made full provision And acknowledge His Sovereignty o’er all the earth!
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.”—Matt. 5:19.
A great many people are careful about breaking large commandments and committing grave sins, while they continually do little wrong things. They would not tell a direct lie for the world, but their speech is full of little falsehoods. They would not take money from the pocket or drawer of another, and yet they continually commit small thefts.
For example, the grocer by mistake gives them a little too much change, and they do not think of returning it. Through carelessness, the postage-stamp on a letter is left uncancelled, and they take it off and use it a second time.
They would not try to blacken a neighbour’s name or destroy his character, and yet they repeat to others the evil whispers about him which they have heard, and thus soil his reputation.
They would not swear or curse in the coarse way of the street, but they are continually using such words as “Gracious!” “Goodness!” “Mercy!” and other mild, timid substitutes for profane oaths.
They would not do flagrant acts of wickedness to disgrace themselves, but their lives are honeycombed with all manner of little meannesses, impurities, selfishnesses, and bad tempers. We need to remember that little disobediences bring one down to an inferior place in the kingdom of heaven. Little sins mar the beauty of the character. Then they are sure to grow.
Often, too, they are infinite in their consequences. The trickling leak in the dyke becomes a torrent, deluging vast plains. We ought never to indulge even the smallest faults or evil habits, but should aim always at perfection.
We ought to be satisfied with nothing less than perfection in character, and perfection is made up of small things.
(J R Miller)