Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Our GOD is a good God!

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2: 7-9).

God created the universe as a play-pen for His people. What an amazing statement to make. Yet I believe with all my heart that the Bible leads us to this understanding. Some people think the Christian life is not fulfilling. Most people are so “me” focused that they think all of the Christian life should be all about them. But what about God? What about God’s story? What does God get out of saving us? How would we live life differently if we viewed suffering through God’s eyes?

God has been gracious and good to man from the beginning of time. This goodness is portrayed in God’s love letter – the Bible. The Bible is God’s love letter to you. When God was writing the Bible, He was thinking about you! The purpose of the Bible is revelation. We must understand that God’s perspective of our world is that our world is fallen. Although God is the glorious One. He planned to share His glorious world with man.

Thinking about the creation that God has made forces us to think of the powerful Creator behind it all. Knowing that God created the earth for His glory and man’s enjoyment is quite a perspective to see. This should encourage us to become better stewards of the awesome privileges that God has granted us. We can view our life situations differently because we know that God is in control. In other words, when we cannot see God’s Hand, trust His Heart.

The creation proves that His actions are glorious, gracious and good. God’s command to Adam and Eve – to have dominion – revealed that His actions were glorious, gracious, and good (Genesis 1:26).

The world we live in is fallen because of the sin of Adam and Eve. However, there are times when we ignore God’s warning and do not trust His heart just as our great ancestors. The fall should cause us everywhere to turn to Him and repent. We should long for the restoration of the creation intended for us to enjoy. This should bring a sense of satisfaction to us. When you have an opportunity to exalt Him, do so with all your heart.

In everyday life don’t expect anything from the world. Anticipate the day when Christ comes to set up His Kingdom. Think about the creation, think about the creator, and think about the promises of God. Become a better steward over what God has given to you. View your life situation differently because you know that God is in control even when He is silent.

Questions to ponder: How are you preparing for the life to come? Has Satan lied to you? Has he tricked you making you think that God is not good? Or has he tricked you to think that God is good but not good enough?

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