In the beginning.
Yes, yes, you know what comes next: God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In the beginning, God. And only God. There was no random explosion that happened in space, there was simply God. No one created Him, He simply was, and He simply is, “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). Then God decided to get busy. He spoke the world into being: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). He chose to create us. And guess what. We were made in His very own image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Nothing else of creation has that unique honor and privilege! God had made everything good. There was no sin. He had a perfect relationship with His creation, perfect communion with Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first woman.
Then came a turn of events.
Man fell into temptation and did exactly what God had told them not to do, destroying the holiness of mankind and therefore separating themselves from a holy God. In their pride, thirst for power, and quest to become more like God, they had ruined the very relationship that allowed them to truly know and be known by God. Everything was ruined.
But was it?
God did not give up on us. You know what He did? He pursued us: the very people who disowned every good thing He gave them, the very people who rebelled against Him and who ran from Him, over and over and over again. The entire Old Testament of God’s Word is full of stories in history where God’s people failed Him again and again. And God forgave them, again and again. A thousand times over. I think it is amazing how God–being so big, and powerful, and good, and holy, and perfect…I mean, my goodness, being GOD–He was so involved in the lives of all His people, of everyone, even when they wanted nothing to do with Him. He provided for their every need, He protected them, He guided them. It is really mind boggling when you think about it. So basically, we are those people who rebelled against God. We never measured up to His perfect standard. After all, He is GOD and PERFECT, and we are anything but that!
All seemed so lost.
BUT GOD. Yep, Him again. He really doesn’t give up, does he? Something needed to happen, or someone needed to rescue us or all really would be lost forever. We deserved nothing but eternal punishment and separation from God. God decided to take action…well, I guess that’s nothing new. But I mean, this time, in a BIG WAY. He came down Himself to put it all to an end, to finish it once and for all. No one else could break the curse of sin on mankind other than God Himself. And this is where Jesus comes in. Oh, how sweet the name of Jesus! Our hero. Our deliverer. He went through everything we deserved to go through: rejection, persecution, beatings, flogs, hunger, thirst, torment, complete separation from God, bearing all God’s judgement, and ultimately, death on a cross. We killed Him. We deserved everything He went through and more, but He took our place. He finished it. Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, we can now have fellowship with God and live with Him forever. He changed our hearts. He changed the course of history forever! And He gave us everything: a new hope, new lives, and freedom from sin.
To sum it up, we were runaway rebels. Our Creator and King rescued us, calling us His own. We are now like Christ: heirs of God, sons and daughters, perfect in His sight! And that’s why Jesus is truly my everything. I deserved nothing He did for me, but He gave me everything.
So often it is easy to focus on the here and now. We become so stressed and anxious with our tunnel-vision perspective, and frustrated that our lives are not measuring up. But I want to encourage you to not settle for this. Step back. Look at the big picture. Look at the story you get to be apart of! Look how God has intervened on your behalf, rescuing you and giving you new life and new hope. Look how He is with you in this very moment, always helping you, protecting you, guiding you. Remember the God I talked about earlier? The God who kept coming, kept forgiving, kept providing for His people, even after they had sinned against Him time and time again? Well, that same God is here with you now. And He is doing the same thing He did then: watching over you, always willing to forgive, always unconditionally loving you. Look how he has orchestrated your future and made a way to be with Him forever.
He has a plan and a place for you!
Rest in that promise. Rest in His presence.