Guarded from all directions.

“So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)

God was serious and would not allow man to be an eternal being in his present fallen condition. The tree of life was secured, but they had tasted of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Man aspired to reach the heavens on their own . Their first attempt was a feeble one, they built a tower. We would think it foolishness, but God saw man’s potential.

“The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. (Genesis 11:5-6) So, He split them up with different languages. They were no longer one people united in effort and purpose. Driven from Eden men were now scattered in all directions.

Grace offers directions.

Light has shown “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6), yet we still find ourselves relying on our own sense of direction. A reliance that leads to frustration when we do not end up where we intended to go. Our thoughts were misdirected. An old saint once told me that, “Our disappointments are often God’s appointments, His way of getting our attention in order to redirect us.”  

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)    

Father, we suffer no frustration when we trust You to be in control. If we simply acknowledge You in all of our ways the results will be as You intend, and peace will bless our soul. In Your Son’s name we ask to be reminded, we often forget. Thank You.

“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)