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The Abundance of God's Provisions - Wednesday's Dose - November 20th 2013

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Wednesday's Dose - November 20th 2013

The Abundance of God's Provisions

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. - Genesis 2:16-17.

Mom's most sacred rule was that only she could give permission to open or finish a container of food. She had five children, and she wanted to monitor not only the food in the pantry, but what and how much we ate. One of my brothers drank the last of the milk once without asking, and Mom yelled. Then she lectured him. Then she lectured all of us at dinner. Then we were reminded the next morning at breakfast why we had no milk in the house for cereal. All the family bore the consequence if one of us broke that rule. In her defense, it meant making a mid-week grocery run which would sabotage her housework schedule for the week.

God had one sacred rule for Adam, and that was not to eat from God's favorite tree. It was the one tree God reserved for himself, Adam's reminder that God is holy.

The tree was centrally-located. So, as Adam toiled in God's garden every day, he must have regularly reminded himself that, though he could eat of every other tree, this one was different. This tree belonged to God.

How generous that God permitted Adam to eat from all the other trees. Knowing God's vast imagination, no doubt he had a variety of fruits to choose from.

God wants us to enjoy abundance. He also wants us to respect the One who gave us that abundance.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father God, you give us plenty. May we be satisfied with all we have, because you always provide more than we need. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Wednesday and God Bless you.

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