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A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey…March 2017

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey…

  “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9, HCSB)

  At first glance, that could be a bit discouraging. After all, what is there to live for if it has all already been done? What is the use in trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel???

  But, I don’t think that is what that means at all. At least, not to me. How about this for one thought to consider…

  Haven’t GOOD and EVIL always existed on Earth, since the Fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden? Yes! The consequence of the sin of Adam and Eve was that ALL would be born with a sin nature, separated from a right relationship with the holy God Who creates us. So, just as it has always, always been throughout history, when men and women turn away from God without repentance, their ways are sinful and we all live affected by those sins. That is why we see the painful mess that our world is in today. That is why King Solomon saw it in his day, as he wrote those words in Ecclesiastes. That is why sin has created such sorrow and heartache, and even bloodshed, throughout the ages. Without repentant hearts, sin is the natural, ongoing status of mankind.

  Sooooo, why are we so surprised when we see and hear about such horrific things that people choose to do? And why does one generation after another after another have to learn for themselves how to avoid repeating history? If we look at especially the Old Testament, we see cycle after cycle of generations who ignored God or rebelled against Him. They seemed oblivious to history. Or they chose to rebel against what they did know.

  That is why it is so very important that generation after generation of believers are very careful to teach by precept and by example how to live repentant, obedient, disciplined lives. That brings it down to you and me, my friends. This is our new page in history. What marks will we leave on our collective pages so that the next generation(s) will know how not to repeat the history of disobedience??? We need to ask God…and tell others!  

  Marsha Cook, Director


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