Tuesday, January 2

Rejoice in what God has given you

Scripture: Genesis 3-5, Luke 2

Observation

God put Adam and Eve in the garden; they could eat from all the trees (including the tree of life) except one: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The tempter immediately drew their attention to that tree, and told them that God was holding out on them.  “You won’t die.  In fact, God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  The tempter stirred up desire for the one thing they couldn’t have.

They ate and the rest is history.  What followed was guilt, shame, blame, sin, conflict, murder and death.  All of the brokenness and pain in our world flowed from that decision.

And it started by not being content with what God had given them.  God had given them paradise with the tree of life!  But they believed the lie that God was holding out on them, and ate the forbidden fruit.  James 4:1-3 says that most of our conflict comes because we crave and covet what others have.  Rejoice in what you have rather than coveting what you don’t!

Application

This is a follow up to yesterday.  I will rejoice in what God has given me, rather than wanting what I can’t have, or coveting what someone else has.  God has been incredibly good to me—I have the tree of life!  Rejoice in His goodness, and reject all coveting.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your goodness and generosity.  Today, I choose to rejoice in what I have, rather than covet what I don’t.  Thank you for giving me abundant life in Jesus!