The ONE THING for today

When things get complicated

Am I making too much of this…

Recently in my bible reading it stood out to me that when God set up guards over the Garden of Eden to keep Adam and Eve out after they had sinned he actually only used one guard—a Cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24).

He didn’t set up a Cherubim at the west or the north or the south—just the east.

This shouldn’t surprise us. God is not into multiple options.

There are not multiple ways to get to God \\ sincerity is nice but it doesn’t count if you miss the one entrance (Check out John 14:6 for the ONE way to God).

But, as important as this is, this is not the main observation I’m asking you to think about today.

Stay with me another minute or two…

Following my Bible reading I next went to my quotation file for the “quote of the day”. The quotation came from a book written by Steven K. Scott discussing the Book of Proverbs from the Bible.

This was the quote:

  • “Diligence is a learnable skill that combines: creative persistence, a smart-working effort rightly planned and rightly performed in a timely, efficient, and effective manner to attain a result that is pure and of the highest quality of excellence.” _Steven K. Scott, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, p. 12

Now this was my reflections concerning the quotation, in light of Genesis 3:24 and God only having one guard to the Tree of Life…

  • I appreciate what Scott is trying to do here, but his efforts to define “diligence” sounds a lot like “lawyer-speak” to me—way too complicated!
  •  In contrast, when God guarded the Garden to keep Adam and Eve out he set up a Cherubim “at the east” (Genesis 3:24). IOW, God keeps things simple—there was only one tree of which they could not eat and there was only one entry into the Garden.
  • I must beware of complexity and many words (Ecc. 5:3); when things are confusing I should assume God is not in it.  KISS–Keep it simple stupid! 

Am I making too much of this?

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4 thoughts on “When things get complicated

  1. I concur, Bishop. I have a history of over-analyzing and/or over-complicating the simpliest of issues/events. It is perhaps the very reason I found myself so deep in the valley when I should have been focussed on the Lily! Blessings! \o/

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