Today, I want to reach out across this wonderful web to those seeking answers that your hearts yearn to know, we are all hard-wired to seek the answers to the hardest question: Why are we here?
The answer to this question has driven the most controversial debates. Most people are in one of three camps: they undeniably believe in evolution, that we came from some cosmic ooze and developed into what we see today; they believe we were created by an ultimate Creator that created this entire universe for our benefit, or they don’t really know either way. Either way, I believe it is ingrained inside of our souls to want to know the answer. We can look through ancient cultures and see the effects religion had on their communities. Many were built around centers of worship. Once we acknowledged that there is something within us driving to answer these questions – I believe the answer is quite easy.
The answers often come linked with our ability to trust and our sense of control. If we are driven by evolution then control is ours, we own it, no else does. We are individuals capable of making our own choices. We control our fate.
If we are driven by creation, then our trust and sense of control may appear like it’s ours to own, but it really is in the hands of our Creator. We may even struggle with thoughts of choice and power. Our personal sense of control is tied in with our overall belief system.
Let me be completely real here – we were Created by a divine Creator, to live in a world created by Him for us to steward. I know that may be hard for some to hear. And this blog post is not about proving or disproving this statement.
I want you to be able to settle with this truth for just one moment: God, our Creator, took the time to create you for stewarding His Creation. You were not an accident. You were not randomly put together.
God breathed life into your lungs. You are here for a purpose.
Let’s see if I can explain for the few minutes we have here today. Your story began as my story did, God created the heavens, the earth, the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the great animals of the ocean. He also created the first man to become stewards of His personal creation.
Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with God and His Creation, there was a deep connection with the Creator, “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed…and they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen2:25,3:8). I cannot imagine a relationship so deep that I walked within the presence of God. God loved His creation so much that He couldn’t stand being apart from them. Adam and Eve did not question how they were formed or why they were there, they knew it because they were that close with God.
We are not told how much time passed between Creation and sin, but we do know that it began with a serpent, enticing Eve to eat where she was told not to, “Did God actually say, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden…You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:1,4). Most of us focus on the sin of eating the apple, however, in a book I recently read, the author made a valid point, the serpent got Eve to focus on her restrictions. Adam and Eve lived in abundance, but the thoughts of the one restriction controlled her mind to the point of sin. We may be in the same situation, so focused on our restrictions that we miss our abundance.
The story of the first sin ultimately focuses on Adam and Eve, yet the curse didn’t just land on them alone, all creation is effected in some way. We live in a world far removed from God’s perfect design and it yearns for the day of restoration.
So, one may ask, If God wanted such a deep relationship, why did He remove Adam and Eve?
Just as light and dark cannot occupy the same space, God and sin cannot dwell together, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isa 59:2).
The Good News is this – despite our rebellion, God is always faithful.
From the moment of the first sin, God began to work in various ways with humanity throughout time for one purpose – to bring them back into His presence.
Humanity spent a lot of time rebelling, turning their backs on God, all the while He simply desired for us to be with Him. I can relate to those feelings. I’ve spent much of my life rebelling against any type of restriction placed upon me. Ultimately, I felt lost, confused, and alone.
We are all like Adam and Eve, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But God in all His loving kindness sent His Son to redeem us from our sin and bring us back into right relationship with Him, “and our justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23). Through His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus came to redeem us from our sin so that we can reconnect with the Creator as it was meant to be. The only way we can do that is through acceptance of our sin nature and repentance, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
I know what you may be thinking right now, I am a good person, I am kind, I give to the poor, I do not break the law, etc., etc., here is the thing though, we are all prone to sin because this crazy, whacked out earth is not as it should be because of the curse of sin. So as much as you may work on being a good person, we always have this innate desire (sin) to live contrary to our real purpose. And the struggle manifest itself in so many different areas of our lives. Paul the one we attribute most of the New Testament writes near the end of his life, “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…” He saved us not because of our deeds, but because He loved us so much He wanted us near Him again.
If you desire to end the chaos, confusion, and rebellion, then place your trust in Jesus Christ. You don’t have to change who you are to trust in Him. Simply reach out to Him, “Jesus I need you in my life. I trust in You to restore my heart. I believe you are the Son of the Living God. I believe that you have come to save me from my sin.” Now, in your own space, repent of your sin and acknowledge that He will be there with you.
If you have taken this time to confess and place your trust in Jesus Christ, please comment below. I want to pray with you and connect you with a local community of believers to help you navigate this new-found freedom.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”