Today wraps up Genesis in my reading journey for 2019!
For those of you that are attempting to read through the Bible this year, you can do it!! I want to encourage you to keep at it…God has already revealed so much to me in these 16 days.
Let me start off by saying that it has been years since I’ve read Genesis. Years. I’m not quite sure how many exactly, but it’s been a long time. And reading it now, at this specific point in my life, a lot has been revealed to me. One of these revelations is that the Bible is not made up of perfect people. Let’s say that again…
The Bible is not made up of perfect people.
It is made by a perfect God with a whole bunch of imperfect people finding their way through this life.
A couple years back,
I had a conversation with someone that stuck with me. He believed in a higher power, but did not believe in Jesus…or the God that is in the bible. In fact, one of his major arguments against believing in God was this:
If God is a perfect being, and humans being created by God are imperfect, wouldn’t that make God imperfect?
After that question was posed, I stopped in deep thought. The conversation kept going, but that question was forever branded in my mind. I didn’t have an answer at that time because I had never thought of it that way. Now, after reading Genesis I can answer that question. And what better way to answer it with scripture…
God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.John 3:19
This scripture in John directly reflects what happened in Genesis with Adam, Eve, and the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
[Sidenote: I literally just realized that there were two trees in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life and the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Just figured I’d throw that out there because I’m blown away that I never knew that!!]
I explained a bunch of this in my previous post Genesis Bible Journey. Reading that first will help you to understand where I’m going with this.
Since we were never intended to gain the knowledge of good and evil, we were inherently good. But in the verse from John, it says that their actions were evil…their actions, not the people themselves. Those actions were what created that chasm between God and his creation. So what can fix the chasm? Jesus. And all it takes for that chasm to be removed is to believe in Jesus and what he did for humanity.
So God didn’t make a mistake in creating us.
His love for us was and still is so strong that he gave us free will. He didn’t force us to believe in Him and to live in His goodness, even though He could’ve easily done so. He is God after all. We’re given the choice whether or not we want to follow after Him. That’s an amazing kind of love.
You have a child. They’re deciding to take a path in their life that you know is not the best path for them. It is physically painful to watch them go through these decisions because if you could only make them see what you see, they’d be so much better off in the end. However, forcing them to choose what you know would only make them go further off the rails. So you sit and watch them make mistake after mistake wishing they would come to you for advice.
That is exactly how God feels. He knows the path for your life, and the best one at that.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
So, if you’re struggling with anything in your life, go to God with it.
He cares, he loves you, and wants to carry those burdens. If you’re struggling in believing in God, keep seeking after Him. I promise you’ll find answers in the time of searching. And here’s the big one: if you’ve been hurt by the church, I understand. Please read Finding My Way Back Through Church Doors. It explains my past experiences and how I came back to being comfortable attending a church. You are all loved and I’m excited to be on this bible reading journey with all of you.