Today’s Bible reading: Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1, 2:1-12; Psalms 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-6
I found it interesting that God placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the orchard, right in the center of “all sorts of trees” that were good for food and were pleasing to look at. Adam and Eve would have had to make an intentional decision to bypass these trees to get to the trees in the middle of the orchard – the only trees from which they were forbidden to eat.
I think that even today God has placed great opportunities right in front of us, but we look right past them to those enticing things that can only do us harm. God’s plan is always better. His provision is always abundant. But we don’t see often see it. Or if we do, we seem to find something we think is better.
Today’s passage from Matthew gives a similar message. At the end of Chapter 2 we read that God told the wise men to go home by a different route, rather than returning to King Herod. As opposed to Adam & Eve, the wise men obeyed.
God always knows the best course of action. His plans for us are for good, not evil. He’s not out to harm us, but to guide us to the best that life can offer.