When The Trunk Is Cut, The Tree Will Fall
The three words, “Hath God Said,” were used by the serpent when it tempted Eve. She and Adam were in paradise. They knew nothing of war, famine, sickness, or any of the maladies that have since plagued this earth. In that place, God had given them but one law to obey, and they disobeyed it. It all started when the serpent uttered these three little words. Eve listened, Adam obliged, and they became the ax set to the trunk of their existence, and the whole thing fell down.
Thousands of years later nothing has changed. Satan continues to whisper these same doubts into the ears of Man, and Man still listens. Now, while it may seem like a simple thing to trust God and not Satan, it is more difficult of a thing to do than you might realize. Let’s look at what God says in Matthew 7:14:
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
These are God’s words. And like that one law in Eden, they are simple and straightforward enough. But as you live your lives you will learn that living on the “narrow path” is more difficult than it would appear on the surface. Add to it that by trusting God you will be going against the flow of your culture, and it gets even more difficult. You must in fact constantly ask yourself, do I truly believe?
In the passage above, Jesus presents an image of masses of humanity shuffling along a wide road. Not one of them seems to know or care about where the road is leading. They’re content to go with the flow. They want and need to fit in, to be accepted and affirmed. But Jesus also speaks of a narrow little gate and a narrow little path beyond which goes largely unnoticed. But some do notice and they enter and begin walking along an entirely different path than the rest of humanity. As they do, their values and thinking are continually renewed. They slowly but surely become different than those on the wide path.
So what does this have to do with the question, “Hath God said?” Well, by the time you are adults, wickedness will have increased in many ways. One of the ways is that not only will two men be able to “marry” each other in your society, you will also not be allowed to say that God’s Word stands against such things. This is understandable because those demanding of you this silence are on the wide path, and the Bible is clear that God gives such people over to the lusts of their hearts. When light is then shinned onto their wickedness the natural response is to try to extinguish that light.
But more importantly, and increasingly so, there will be many who claim to be on the narrow path who will at the same time agree with the perversions embraced by those on the wide path. They have answered the question, “hath God said” and have emphatically said, “No! He didn’t actually say.” These counterfeits will be easy to spot because their foundations for righteousness will be based on Man’s wisdom and feelings rather than God’s word. They will have much more confidence in what is popular with the community and culture than with what the scriptures teach. We are commanded to love those on the wide path and to beware of those who claim to be on the narrow path but who in reality aren’t.
Therefore, it’s worth considering that Jesus continues from the parable of the two paths right into this warning:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Some Bibles separate certain verses with little headers that might make it look as if Jesus’ train of thought shifted to an entirely new subject. And while these headers can be helpful, it is wise to be mindful that they are not part of God’s Word. These continued words of Jesus are an obvious continuation of precept upon precept. And from the precept of the narrow gate he continues with the precept of the wolf in sheep’s clothing, then warns that he will send away as workers of lawlessness many who claim in the end to have been “on the narrow path.”
You see, taking the narrow path is going to set you apart. You will not be popular, and this will tend to put you, like it did Adam and Eve, at a crossroads. You will be faced many times with a decision between pleasing Man or following what God says. Man’s displeasure with God will inevitably lead to the question: “Hath God really said?” Be sure that God never commands His Church to win the approval of the darkened hearts of the masses. (Rom 1:21) On the contrary, he calls the masses to repent of their wicked ways and to come and follow him. Believing what God says in His Word is the trunk of the tree of your faith, and not believing what He said is the same as taking an ax to that trunk and expecting it to still stand tall.
I pray that your Father in Heaven will sustain your faith so that it will withstand the onslaught of this world, and that you will finish this life well, steeped in faith.