Are we separated from God?
“Then God saw everything that He made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31 (NKJV).
Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NKJV) says:
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
God knew us BEFORE he formed us in the womb and created us as good. We are created perfect, according to God’s Will and design, and without shame. He breathes life into our lungs as we enter this world beautifully formed in His image and prepared for the work for which we were ordained. He made us with the desires and abilities to complete the mission of our lives.
Before Adam and Eve chose their own path, God fellowshipped with them, enjoying long walks and conversations with them in the garden. They enjoyed perpetual sunshine and safety, for we know that suffering, pain, and death did not enter the world until they deviated from the path God designed for them. Once they wandered from His plan, God banished them from His presence, not because we cannot remain in his presence, but to be sure we can someday return to eternal life. For if we ate from Tree-of-Life in a state of wickedness, then how would we ever return to the holiness for which we were designed?
Why do I know this to be accurate, because God never changes. God wrote for us:
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”- therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which has was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22-24, NKJV)
As we grow in our mother’s womb, illness, and corruption in the form of drugs, alcohol, violence, and stress, may flow from the mother to the baby. Then, leaving this perfect environment, we are born into a world that continues the corruption of our mind and body as we enter into it. Our lungs are potentially filled at first breath with chemicals, particulates, viruses, and bacteria. Pain and cold hit us immediately, and the screams that declare our mother’s pain assault our ears as we emerge into the glare of artificial light.
In this broken world, God watched over the Israelites in Egypt, protected and guided them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night during their years of wandering through the desert (Exodus 3:7, Exodus 13:21). God’s spirit then came into His Holy Temple to dwell among His chosen people. Then, God came to us as a man, tortured, broken, and slain as a sacrifice for our sin, for our sanctification. Through this Holy sacrifice, we were made clean just as God’s Temple was made pure so that God’s Holy Spirit, like the temple, can dwell within us.
We all yearn to belong somewhere; gaming is a perfect example of the need to have a tribe. No one wants to be alone. God never left us alone in this world, but instead worked his plan to guide us back to a perfect relationship with Him. But that completion of God’s plan is dependent upon our decision regarding Jesus, God’s Son. And the choice, while evident to those that accepted Jesus’s sacrifice as payment for their sins, was once not so clear to them. And the choice remains foolishness to unbelievers, often due to their personal definition of trustworthy (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Do you know a suspicious, perhaps foolish someone that may benefit from understanding God’s trustworthiness?