It may sound strange, but when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it did not give them the ability to discern good and evil, but took it away. Why do I say this? Because in the book of Hebrews, it tells us that we can have our senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
What God provided through His Son is such a wide spectrum of things that unless we draw near to Him with a sincere heart, believing that He is, and asking Him to show us, it is easy to get stuck. There are many saints delving into the depths of His wisdom and finding many pearls of great price. As I dig, I realize that it was not even my own personal sins that God forgave to be quite honest with you; it was the sin of Adam. It is like God transports me back in time to that very moment they took those first bites, and God’s love shot ripples throughout eternity. It was when grace began really! God did not proclaim judgments when He explained to them things that would happen, He proclaimed salvation. He was already telling them, “I forgive you!”
Sometimes when I get to this place, it is a place I am sure many humans have been at; and that is asking God, “Why did it have to take so long for salvation to come? Why did so many bad things have to happen?” These are very valid questions to ask and wonder about. Why did He not just snap His fingers and make it all better?
To try and get to the bottom of these perplexities, it takes some serious alone time with God, a lot of honesty, and opened eyes and ears. Without setting aside emotional bias and realizing that being God is not an easy job and can be a thankless one for sure, our view of Him and His amazing love for mankind can be quite distorted. In order to try and straighten out this distortion, I will try and put things in perspective.
If we stop and take ourselves back to the garden scene; faith, trust, love, and relationship were all there; in other words it was all good. When they ate from that tree through the deceiving words of the serpent, then entered evil. All the purity of that faith, trust, love, and relationship changed in the span of maybe five minutes. Before that occurred they only knew good; after that good was still there, but now they knew evil; evil being the lack of faith, trust, love, and relationship; in other words unbelief in God’s goodness only.
Sadly enough, ever since then our loving Father has been portrayed as a mean, judgmental, and angry God that doesn’t want us to have any fun. Everything we like it seems is sin, so He just can’t wait to send us to hell. It is really no wonder many people reject our loving Father, and I in many cases have been responsible. It was not until I really started knowing Him that I realized the full impact of teaching that way. He is not a mean angry God who has to punish sin as so many are taught. The real blame is on humanity for not looking and listening to a God who is nothing but love, mercy and forgiveness!
I can’t tell you how many times I have been caught doing something wrong, and my natural instinct is to justify my actions in whatever way I can. I used to make light of the statement Adam made to God when he said, ‘That woman You gave me God,’ until I grew up in the Lord. Since the day Adam made that statement, man has been blaming everything but his own decisions, hence the state of the world.
God is not mad about it! In fact He is grieved about the whole situation. He knows every suffering of man behind their decisions. This is the purpose for God not consulting us in regards to how peace would be made between us and Him. And that is one of the many precious gifts Christ ushered in after all these years since the garden; reconciliation.
Do you think bad things were happening when Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness? Look at what was going on when God told Noah to build the ark! The whole world was filled with violence and God was grieved in His heart. Please step out of your comfort zone for just a moment to ponder something with me if you will. There are over six billion people on this planet right now and look at all the violence! Everyone wants to scream a God of genocide over the flood, but I beg you to consider how much sooner the world would have been a much more violent place if He had not done that! No one bats an eye on the fact that a couple million innocent women and children were killed when a bomb was dropped on Nagasaki! In fact it was considered patriotic! And they were going to surrender prior to that. The information is available; do some research; you can see for yourself.
God’s ways are higher than ours, and just because our finite minds can’t, and in some cases won’t, understand that, many people are not seeing God as He is; and that is a God of love! Adam and Eve still had a close relationship with God and He blessed them with many children, of which some turned out ok and some not. It did not change God’s love for them and His continual drawing of them to Himself.
It is time for believers to start looking at the big picture and asking Poppa to teach them His truth. There is no time for bickering over which theologian is right, or what version of the bible is correct, for He gave us His spirit to guide us and lead us in to all truth. God came in the form of man, the Man Christ Jesus to usher in a kingdom of peace, reconciliation, and hope. Not peace as the world gives, but peace between a God of love and His creation. He did everything we needed and all the God-head wants us to do is say thank you and believe it. He has taken us back to the garden if you will where we can now rest in our open relationship once again with our Creator, and have our senses exercised to discern good and evil, which can be termed – belief or unbelief in the finished work of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now rest saints! It is part of what He died for to give us….rest!
Blessing of grace and Peace in Christ Jesus….Lisa Miller