I’m back at the beginning…reading through Genesis again as the calendar starts fresh. And it’s a reminder all over again of how big God is, who created the world with His voice! And it is not just a detail and beauty, but imagination, creativity, and humor. But man reached for the one thing that He said to leave alone: knowledge and control. And that was the pattern: man defying God.
“6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walkingin the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”
And in the faceof sin, God promises a Savior. And Jesus came so long ago and died for the sins of the world, and promised to return. And God is working through His Spirit. But the world is more sin-sick than ever. Will it ever be like it was at the beginning?
There is a scene in C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian where the children from our world have finally made it to Narnia, and the small group of creatures who are standing for Aslan against an overwhelming army. As the children hurry to find the prince, they are stopped by a sentry. Trumpkin reassures him: it’s the kings of old come back! “At last, at last!” the badger says.
That is what the whole world is waiting to say. At last, evil is defeated. At last, everything is made right. At last, we do not have to wait any longer, the King has returned.
And the wait seems long. But God is still working where we least expect it.
So often I think I can succeed on my own, help other people, and save the world. I fall right back into the first sin of focusing on myself rather than on God. And yet after I fall, skin my knees, and blush with guilt and shame, He picks me up again.
Never forget that the God who first set the world in motion is powerful enough to bring it to a good end.
“31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”
God, I’m sorry for trying to save myself. Thank You for redirecting me to who You are, what You are doing, and how You are even using me as part of Your plan. And I am such a small piece! Thank You for perspective, thank You for not giving up on this world, and thank You that You are not defeated by sin, but You have already defeated it on the cross! It is only a matter of time, and the clock is ticking down to when you will, at last, return. Please help me to live for Your glory with each day until then. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.