January 2
Genesis 2:9, 15-17

The one in the middle

Adam had lots of delicious fruit to choose from in the Garden of Eden. He was allowed to eat and grow whatever he wanted. Of all the many fruit trees, there was only one, right in the middle of the garden, from which God told him not to eat.

The tree in the middle of the garden was the tree that gave knowledge of what is good and what is bad. The Lord told Adam that if he ate of the fruit, he would die.

Why can’t I have everything I want?

Imagine being left alone in a room of colorful boxes filled with every imaginable treat. You are allowed to enjoy anything from the many boxes, except one box—a black box in the middle of the room—that you may not open.

Would you ignore the black box and be happy to carry on enjoying the things in the colorful boxes? Or, would you move closer and closer to the black box, lift the lid slightly, and take a peep?

The world is filled with many good things for us to enjoy and fun things to do. Yet sometimes we become bored and unhappy with the good things God allows us to have. Do you sometimes feel like being naughty just to see what will happen? Of the thousands of good words you know, do you sometimes find yourself saying a bad word?

God knows that there are things that harm us, and there are things we may do that would hurt others. Because God knows what is good and what is bad for us, He clearly shows us in the Bible what we should and what we should not do.

Verse for today

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17