Hello Hello, Beautiful People! I hope you are all doing well! So this is officially the second post of this series, and to say I’m practically bouncing off the walls to write about what I’ve learned for y’all is an understatement. Recently, I have come to the understanding of how many people are actually so confused as to why God acts in the way He does, for I’m not the only one who gets super confused by it all sometimes, and therefore, it is relatable to all of us no matter what season we are in. With that being said, let’s dive on in, and as always please like, comment, and subscribe to my blog by clicking the button to the right on the Home page OR if reading on your mobile device, click the grey button on the bottom of the screen.
So the biggest thing I’ve been wondering is why in the world does God love us so much? Why does He choose to love His creation and use them for His glory rather than manifesting Himself in glorious ways without us?
So let’s picture this:
Close your eyes. (Actually, don’t close your eyes… keep reading, but you get the idea)
You are a creator. You spend your days developing your ideas into actual works of art. Planets, stars, moons, are all created and positioned by your command. One day, you decide to create something new. Something Beautiful. Forming it from a basic material–dust–you form it in your image, fill it with passions, emotions, and such a vast variety of qualities and characteristics that it cannot help but radiate with praise for you. You create this creature with an intricate design in order for it to function and survive in the world around it. You give it all you have, for you love what you created so much that you want the best for it. It’s a little thing, made from dust and water, melded together with the gentle, careful, articulate nature of your hands, and it becomes perfect. You place your new, beautiful creation in a habitat where it can thrive, for you don’t want it to perish. You protect it, and you give it the freedom to choose to love you as much as you love it. And oh, how you love your creation. Much like how a newborn babe is protected, cherished and loved by its parents, infinitely more times is your love for your creation. You tell it to be fruitful. Multiply. Live, and be free. You warn it however not to do one thing, for you don’t want to control your creation, only allow it to be free and grow in love for you.
And yet? The creation didn’t listen. It gets broken, separated from the one who loves it dearly…it did the one thing you told it not to do.
It wasn’t because you didn’t love the creation that you told them not to disobey, but because you loved it so much you wanted to give it a choice. It broke your heart when your creation became tainted, yet you didn’t want to completely abandon it. You wanted to help restore it.
You see where I am going with this?
In this instance, you get to see things from God’s point of view. We are His creation, and he loves us much like any Father/Creator would. He takes pride in us, He loves us, and He loved Adam and Eve so much, even when they fell. And when they fell, they no longer were perfect. They became broken. The world around them broke as well. Evil set in, and despair came in.
So why did God allow this to happen?
He gave them the choice. Because God didn’t/ hasn’t given up on His creation, He still is allowing us to be restored to our natural state. In Genesis, It discusses this: “
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food” (1:29).
That wasn’t the only tree in the garden. It just happened to be the tree that allowed them to either follow their creator with all they have or choose to do life their way.
Now the way God responds to their fall answers a lot of our questions in one little excerpt. Let’s take a look at this:
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
“What is this that you have done?” He was walking toward them in the garden. He wanted to be with His creation– spend time with it. Knowing that God loves us so passionately, those words when I read them, it wasn’t a fast paced walk that is going to condemn, nor is “what is this that you have you done” said with an accusatory voice, but rather it is said from a place of heartbreak. He knows all (Psalm 33: 13-15). And He knew that they fell, that didn’t stop him from showing grace. He took their leaves and gave them animal skins… (a bit more protective, don’t you think?)… and cast them out. They became imperfect and could no longer stay in the garden, but since He loved them he didn’t leave them high and dry.
Let’s take this one step further:
So we all know we are broken. Where is the connection here?
I want to make this argument here: Do you really think being saved by Jesus is really the end game move, or rather the catalyst that God uses to bring His broken creation back to a place where they could once walk in the garden and have a relationship again?
He is the catalyst. He is the Savior of humanity. He is the reason we can be a new, restored creation. It is through Him we can be made new. BUT here’s the thing, if the whole point of Jesus coming back was to just save us, why are we as believers not in heaven now? If this is the end game move and God loves us so much, why are we still in this broken world?
Because that’s not the end game, only the beginning. Only the beginning of a relationship with our One True God. And He uses his broken creation to show how whole He is.
We are called to be lights on a hill, and the reason He uses us despite our shortcomings is so we can use our brokenness to exemplify Him more. When you see a window in a wall, what is its purpose? Let the light in and out, right? That’s what God does for us. He uses our brokenness to allow His light to come through, and that is beautiful. We are works in progress constantly being developed more like Jesus. And for that reason, that is why God manifests great works in and through us. We are His creation, broken by the broken world, but we aren’t finished yet. And that, ladies and gents is a beautiful thing.
Next post we will look into the life of Gideon, one of the judges in the book of Judges, and how all of this and his story is relevant– even to this day. I love you all so so much and I pray for y’all constantly. Thank you all for reading, and please like, comment, and subscribe.