“After banishing them from the garden, the Lord God stationed mighty angelic beings to the east of Eden. And a flaming sword flashed back and forth, guarding the way to the tree of life.”
I wonder if Adam and Eve ever attempted to go back to the garden, only to find its entrance blocked. If so, most likely they would have felt the same way I do when MY way has obstructions! How many times have I been upset because the door to some glowing opportunity was slammed in my face? “What’s wrong?” I complain. “This does not make sense!”
However, let’s eavesdrop on God’s thoughts in Genesis 3:22 and hear the reason for the guards and flashing swords. “What if they eat the fruit of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!” Their loving Creator was protecting them from danger. Can you imagine the incredible chaos if all humans from the beginning of time were still alive on planet earth? God was protecting man from himself.
Our Father is in the same protection business today. He lovingly blocks foolish decisions that could affect our lives forever. He wisely detours us off paths WE think would be amazing. The One who created us knows the final chapter of every “what if” story we face. So, when we see flashing lights up ahead, we better pay attention…
Our Loving Father always knows best—we can trust Him!