As I am reading through the Bible in a suggested chronological order I see a theme unfolding. Not just the major theme of God’s Scheme of Redemption (more on that later) but a theme about man. Adam and Eve provide an example of what I see. Cain follows the example of his parents. We read in Genesis 6:3 of God speaking these words, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh.” Two verses later we read of mankind that the “Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” God started over with Noah, his family, and the animals that were on the ark.
Yet, as we keep reading, we find Noah drunk and in a compromising position after the flood. His son, Ham ridicules his father’s exposure. Later Nimrod and his descendants build Babel, and the story continues.
Here is what I see. God gives man two options:
- God’s way that leads to life and peace.
- Man’s way that man thinks is best.
Every time man chooses his own way, his situation worsens. Every time man chooses God’s way, things for man improve.
God points this out to His people in Deuteronomy 30:15, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.” If they chose good, blessings would follow. But they would eventually choose poorly.
The wise man records, in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
The choice is yours. The choice for me is mine. Will you choose life or death, good or evil, God’s way or your own way? Will I follow the god of self or the God of heaven?
Frank Sinatra called this song a “National Anthem.” Sadly, this is the anthem of many and this attitude is leading us father away from God and toward destruction.