Lifelines January 21, 2018

From the opening verses of Scripture we encounter a God who is beyond our comprehension.  It is impossible for us to conceive of nothing: no light, space, time or matter.  That all changed at the mere flexing of His all-powerful muscles, and when His word grabbed the raw materials all heaven broke loose.  It doesn’t take very long to realize that this Creator exceeds our imagination.  No one could make up someone like Him.

The creation continues to baffle us.  How much more does the force behind it remain beyond our grasp?  If we cannot figure out what we can see and touch, how could we possibly hope to gain a full understanding of the invisible entity that runs it?  Stars and planets continue in their orbits.  Hearts continue to beat.  Mysteriously, they stop.  Seasons come and go.  Plants grow.  Life.  Death.  Infinity.  Who can begin to explain the maker of it all?

God made an unmistakable declaration of His existence through the creation.  We cannot know everything about Him by looking at a tree or studying the far flung galaxies, but we can know something.  He is there.  He is not a figment of some man’s imagination.  All of this remarkable world came from somewhere.  It bears witness to His undeniable power and nature.  It should motivate us to want to find out all we can about this unseen Being.

The human capacity for being duped comes quickly into view in their original perfect environment.  After all, if a serpent can persuade us, then we are pretty persuadable.  He dangled a piece of forbidden fruit before the woman along with a slight tweak of the word of God and she bit.  Sin is introduced into paradise.  Man, woman, God and the devil; the dynamics of our human existence are in evidence very early in the history of the world.  We can avoid none of them.

The first temptation disrupted that which was very good.  The original couple enjoyed unbroken fellowship with God.  Nothing came between them until the devastating choice to disobey.  Then came consequences.  Expulsion from the garden.  A sweaty existence for him.  Pain for her.  A curse on the serpent, and even on the planet.  Lesson learned: Sin brings heavy repercussions that echo throughout the whole creation.

God saw it coming.  He knew.  He knows everything.  Sin didn’t surprise Him.  Nothing does.  He anticipated the fall and planned for its cure.  Yes, He knows.  Sin hurts His creation.  It harms the sinner.  It scars innocent bystanders.  It damages everything it touches.  He told them not to.  They did anyway.  Serpents are crafty salesmen.  They are still in business.

Modern America thinks it has outgrown God.  They are wrong.  It simply shows that they are totally ignorant of the One who created it all.  He also sustains it and one day will end it.  Then we will meet God.