God’s Own Presence

Written by James A. Frost

James A. Frost“Oh how good and grand it surely must be,”
Said the lowly bush when it was
looking up at the tree.
“To stand so tall and give shade
to every passer-by,”
“With birds nesting in its branches,
chirping their nightly lullaby,”
“In such regal splendor lifting
its leafy arms in prayer,”
“oh the times I have wished I
could be up there.”
A little hummingbird who happened
to be near by,
Sought to comfort the little bush
when he heard it cry,
Saying “God made each of us so
different in His wise way,”
“I can’t soar like the eagle, but
so many flowers fill me and my day.”
“So much loveliness surrounds us
we should never complain.”
“Whenever you are thirsty He also
sends you the comfort of His
life giving rain.”

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The serpent in the Garden of Eden tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit.  At first, she reminded him of what God had said: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” (Genesis 3:2-3).  However, in Genesis 3:6 we read “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”  The original sin began with covetousness.  Eve looked, she desired, she took what was not hers to take.

The Ten Commandments forbids coveting in Exodus 20:17, “Thou shalt not covet…”   Most people today do not think for a moment they are covetous.  Yet, covetousness is without a doubt one of the biggest sins facing America and the western world.  We rail against pornography, sexual impurity, abortion and other “bigger” sins, but we so easily overlook the root sin: the love of things and pleasure.  In Colossians 3:5, the Bible calls such covetousness idolatry.

In 2 Peter 2:14-15 we get a clearer picture of the seriousness of covetousness.  The solution to the sin of covetousness is found in Hebrews 13:5 which says “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Are you content with what God has given you? Are you more like the little bush in the poem above or the tiny hummingbird?

~Samuel Lawrence~