Why did God kick Adam and Eve out of the garden? To show them the full consequences of their decision.
In our lifetime, we have taken many decisions. And we rejoice over many of them even before we get to see their full consequences.
The problem is that no matter what decision we had taken, it would always be flawed because we have no idea what the future holds. We don’t see rust in the future. We don’t see thieves in the future. We only see what we want to see. We see great weather. We see good folks. We see great places. And when what we want to see is gone, what is left is what we wished we’d never lived to see.
Habakkuk knew well enough how things usually turn out even when he’s gazing at a very good season.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
So far, after seeing what I’ve seen, I can only say the same. I’ve seen where my decisions have led, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Jesus enables me to get up in the morning and fall asleep at night, and fall asleep again in the middle of the night when my thoughts offer no rest. Thank you, Jesus.