GOD IS RIGHTEOUS.

He is just, holy, and equitable in all things.

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The song of creation and the Father’s love is all around us, filling every nook and cranny. It reminds us of more and stirs our affections. It's a song with which we are all familiar, like a lullaby sung to us night after night as a child. It holds a sense of nostalgia, a sense of home. The unmistakable atmosphere of freedom, safety, care, and provision. But the adversary follows behind, lurking in the shadows, distorting and manipulating, spinning his own version of the story.

 

We awaken to the reality of the fall.

 

The central revelation in the moment of deception was clear: humanity didn't trust the heart of the creator and looked elsewhere for satisfaction. Any time we don't trust and believe God, that's called sin. All of sin is an act of hostile rebellion against a perfect God. Consequence ensues.

Pain replaced blessing. Tears replaced comfort. Neglect where there was relief. Bruised and torn for whole and complete. Brokenness in place of peace. Isolation displaced family. Pleasure swapped with agony. Pride in place of humility. Longing where there was once contentment. Doubt moved in where belief once lived.

Naked.

Hiding.

Blaming.

Suffering.

Wandering.

Bound.

Full of Shame.

 

Where Adam and Eve once walked in complete bliss and in shameless, naked freedom, they attempt to cover their own nakedness and find covering among the trees. The serpent had promised them a bigger role in the story and had convinced them they could experience more beyond the relationship of their God. Disobedience hurts. Injustice cuts deeply. But the father, the creator of everything, pursues. The innocent who was wronged, the faithful who was betrayed, the lover who was rejected for lovers less wild, pursued. He searched, He sought, He knew... And with a broken heart, He went to Adam and Eve.

Outside of the garden, no longer beneath the creator’s wings of protection, where perfect provision met neediness, the man and the woman struggle. Eden still in their rear view mirror—with all of its memories, all of its perfection—felt so close, but it might as well have been an eternity away. There was no going back. They turned their backs on their creator, so they had to live with the consequences with every day that passed as the man and woman aged. As they started a family of their own, ebbing and flowing between struggle caused by sin and pleasure brought by grace, they would never stop longing for Eden. There would never be contentment apart from their God.

But the story doesn't end here.

God never stops pursuing His beloved.

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