Monday, January 4, 2016

God Loves You

“God is love” (1 John 4:8). The magnificent story of God’s love for you starts at the dawn of time. The Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God wanted a friend.  He wanted a companion who would walk and talk with Him. He decided to create a special friend who would share His experiences and who would love and worship Him.

God began to prepare a beautiful home for His friend. He created the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars. He created the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, the wide variety of animals and plants. He lovingly shaped huge mountains, and scooped out deep valleys. He placed beautiful gemstones and gold within the earth as treasures waiting to be found. When each piece of God’s creation was perfect, He created his masterpiece, human beings. All the creatures were birthed by God’s imagination, but God made us in His own image (Genesis 1:27). 

The first human was named Adam and his wife was named Eve. As a gift, God gave them the entire world. He told them to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Adam was King of everything he could see.

Every thing God created has a purpose. The birds were made to fly, the fish were made to swim, the plants were made to provide food, and air was made to breath. You were created to rule and to be God’s friend. 

Every day, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. God taught Adam how to be King. He explained to Adam the duties and privileges of ruling. As King, Adam must protect and love his wife. He must take dominion over creation. He must live in peace and harmony. He must use the resources God gave him to the best of his ability. Most importantly of all, as King, he must always obey his creator, God Almighty.   

Unfortunately, there was another being who wanted to be king. His name was Satan. He was an angel who had rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:11-15) and as punishment, he was thrown from heaven along with all of his followers (Luke 10:18). Because Satan was jealous of Adam, he decided to steal the kingship from him.

God gave Adam and Eve only one instruction. In the middle of their garden, God placed a tree. “And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17). The innocent looking tree was a test of their obedience. To eat from the tree would mean spiritual death and eternal separation from God.

One day, Satan appeared as a serpent in the garden. He lied to Eve and convinced her to eat from the tree. Eve took the fruit to Adam and he also ate it (Genesis 3:6). At that moment, Adam lost his kingship because he had disobeyed God. That evening, when God walked in the garden, Adam and Eve hid because they were afraid and ashamed of what they had done. God called them and was greatly saddened when His friends did not come out to walk with Him.

Finally, Adam and Eve told Him what they had done. They sinned by disobeying God. By listening to the serpent, they lost their kingship. Now, Satan would have authority in the world. Sin separated man from God (Genesis 3:22-24).

With great sadness, God removed Adam and Eve from the garden He had created for them. He did leave them one ray of hope by promising them that one day, a new King would come who would destroy Satan’s authority and save them from their sin of disobedience (Genesis 3:14-15). This Savior would restore God’s fellowship with humans by making them kings again.  

This is an excerpt from Daniel King's book, "Welcome to the Kingdom." Over 600,000 copies are in print. Get your copy by clicking HERE.