In the Garden of Eden the enemy was a serpent. In the time of Noah the enemy of man was water. The impetus for the great Exodus was water, frogs, biting insects, wild animals, disease of livestock, locusts, darkness, and a great mist. In the time of Joel, the prophet, it was locusts, again. The list can continue on and on, but I shall refrain. The fact is, in each of these cases, the enemy was weaker than man. God uses the weakest in a genealogical line to do great things i.e., David, Samson, Noah, etc. God can also use the weakest of things to bring man to his knees; at least that is the hope in the long-run.
In every case, no matter how you slice it…man was created to Glorify God. I f consider the purpose of a cup is for drinking and, therefore, glorifies it’s creator (a man.) Rather simplistic, in nature, but telling of the nature of things. Just as something simplistic can be used to explain things, the most simplistic of things can cause the fall of man.
“Nothing is weaker than water, But when it attacks something hard Or resistant, then nothing withstands it, And nothing will alter its way.”
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~
While I do not ascribe to the beliefs from which these statements came, I do believe there is merit to these statements, in and of themselves. When water comes in abundance, as in a collapsing dam or, perhaps, the crazy down-pouring of rain for 40 days and nights…you are looking forward to a flood. Sadly, death by drowning and other means may occur.
Consider the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Think about how weak and yet how destructive wind can be. Also, think about how weak and yet how powerful the sun can be. Everyday things that we all take for granted and consider to be so weak, but has a tendency to be so very destructive to mankind.
Man has this propensity to be sinful, slothful, as well as, so many other qualities that are sad and detracting from his purpose. We all have such problems and slip ups in our lives. Sadly, even more so, we fail to learn to control our natural desire to sin, which permits our weakest enemy to be so destructive in our lives. Our greatest enemy to us is our own inability to rule over our own desires. Think about this for a moment: Our desires are thoughts. Thoughts are weak and can be easily changed and averted. However, we tend to let them fester and build to something far and away greater than they should be…desires. Yet, these are still but thoughts in our minds. They can still be controlled, changed, and averted.
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:7 NKJV
While reading my Chronological Study Bible (an interesting endeavor, I might add) today’s reading started with Galatians 1. A reminder to the Christians in Galatia, by the Apostle Paul, that he marvels, “…that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ…” ~Galatians 1:6-10 NKJV This seems to be a plight for all mankind, in general, in that, we do not see things happening as fast as we like; then, we turn back to the old ways of our lives. But we must remember that all things happen in God’s own time, not ours (Ecclesiastes 3). And, without a doubt,
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.“ ~Romans 8:28 NKJV
Everything takes time. I have noted, over the course of my time on this earth that man has such a propensity and desire to get into arguments, fights, and wars; however, if they are not won quickly they soon lose interest in them and forget the reasons why they got engaged in the first place. Sad, but very true. Man is an arrogant winner and a sore loser. He, now-a-days, believes everything needs to be handed to him on a silver platter. But neither God, nor any man owes anything to any other man on the face of this planet.
Man, as well as you and I, need to remember something…life is a process, of sorts. And there is a learning curve attached to it. It takes a lot to learn the things of this life, it takes even more time to do the research to come to the belief that what we as Christians believe is true. In so doing your reading, studies, and your research that you will come to find out that the evidence leans in favor of the Bible and its teachings. More importantly, your heart is the clock and as long as it still beats and as long as you have breath in your lungs…there is still time to turn things around! Do not allow the enemy to gain a foothold over your eternal life. Once you have ended your life on this earth, your time is up…there is no going back and no ability to change.
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!