Psalm 81:13-14 (NIV)
If my people would only listen to me,
if Israel would only follow my ways.
“If only… I had more money.”
“If only… I had a better relationship with my family.”
“If only… I could just find the right job.
It’s not only greed. It’s not only a desire for more. It’s a complete lack of faith in God to provide all that’s good. Adam and Eve fell into that trap.
“If only… we could have our eyes opened and be like God. If only we could know evil, as well as good. If only we could enjoy something more than what God has already given.”
What more could God have given them? What more could God give us? We have from him all that we need and so much more.
Yet we are not content with him. “If only …”
If only there was a way out of this trap we have fallen into. If only God would take pity on us and forgive us for wanting more than him. If only there was a Rescuer to set us free from our foolish sin and greed and mistrust of God. If only there was a way to escape the curse of death that we have brought on ourselves.
It’s more than “if only”–it’s a rock-solid, gospel-truth promise of God: the “offspring of the woman” (Genesis 3:15) has crushed the serpent’s head for us. His name is Jesus. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
We don’t need “if onlys”. We have a gracious, forgiving Savior who is our all in all.
Dear Lord, forgive us for wanting more and failing to trust You for everything. Thank You for forgiving us and saving us through Jesus, your Son. In Him, we have all we could ever want. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.