It is a common belief that to improve men and women they must be placed in a better environment. Loving homes and state-of-the-art educational facilities will produce little boys and girls who grow up to be strong, upstanding citizens, who make good decisions and positive contributions to society. All we need for our improvement is to have our needs met promptly and have an abundance of everything so that we are never tempted to do evil.
I am guilty of thinking that if only I had A, B, and C, then I’d be a better wife, a better mother, or be able to do X, Y, or Z. I have thought at times that if it weren’t for so-and-so, then I wouldn’t commit such-and-such sin. But that is a lie.
The Bible testifies that God can cause vegetation to spring up, make the “milk and honey” flow, protect us from our enemies, open our wombs, give us a kingdom, promise us every success, and we will rebel.
Moses’ account of Israel’s exodus teaches that God can rescue us from our enemies, drive them out with great signs and wonders, rain food straight from heaven, gush water from rocks, and invite us to dine with Him on the mountain, and we will rebel.
If that weren’t enough, Moses’ account of the creation and fall of mankind makes it crystal clear: that even when given a pristine environment, the assurance that every need will be met with abundance, a holy and unblemished nature, the ability to see God, hear God’s voice, and enjoy fellowship with him, human beings will still rebel.
As much as I like to think that I would do differently, God knows better. I’m a rebel.