Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Today Reminder (Tragedy) – 02 August 2017

A reminder for today
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Everyday something tragic happens. A child dies, cancer takes another life or an earthquake kills thousands. It forces people to ask questions like for example if God is loving and all powerful, why is there pain and suffering in the world? Now that is a good question, but luckily the Bible gives us insight into this. 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That is the declaration of the first verse in the first book of the Bible – Genesis. The next few chapters we see the account of the creation over the course of six literal days, that God used to make His creation. He made light, the sky, plants and animals. God created everything and according to Genesis 1:31 God saw everything that He made and indeed it was very good. Which means it was complete and perfect. There was no death and suffering and no survival of the fittest. Animals did not attack each other and Adam and Eve did not kill any animals to eat. 

Genesis 1:29-30 makes it clear that man and animals only ate fruits and vegetables. So, the original creation was wonderful and peaceful without death. It was full of life and joy and all enjoying the presence of God the creator. What happened that this all changed? 

Something drastic must have happened and that something was sin. God created a perfect world and placed Adam and Eve in paradise. As their creator, He had authority over them and He gave them one rule. In genesis 2:17 God said but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Adam and Eve heard the rule, but they wilfully disobeyed it and ate from the tree God told them not to. They chose to live by their rules and separate them from God. Therefore, God kept His word that punishment will follow their disobedience. With the rebellious act of one-man sin entered God’s creation and death along with it. But the effects of sin did not stop there, because God had given dominion over all to man so, the sin of man affected all creation. 

In Genesis 3 we see the beginning of a cursed creation. Thorns and thistles were now part of the world as well as pain and suffering and death. The world was no longer perfect, it was sin cursed. And that is why tragic things still happen today. But before we give Adam and Eve the full wrap we have to realize that all of us still wilfully sin against God. Now that should make you pause and think.

Lord, just a thought of your amazing grace and we fall down to our knees crying out, forgive us. We are still wrong each day and we still make mistakes. Lord, give us the wisdom and strength to break this in our lives and start to leave sin fully behind. In Jesus name.  

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.