Come close, listen to the story about a love more faithful than the morning.
– True Love, Phil Wickham
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He poured His character and love and glory into this creation, making it an overflow of who He was, and it was good. Oh, so good. The vastness of His knowledge, wisdom, and understanding were prominently displayed in its intricacy. It’s breathtaking beauty was merely a reflection of His own. The way everything worked together perfectly flowed out of the cooperation of the three persons willing, creating, and sustaining it. Ah, but the crowning glory? The part that most reflected the Creator? That was when He created man. A being as relational as He was, to experience the same indescribable joy that God experienced within Himself. A being that could truly delight in God the way that God delighted in him, that could be God’s true representative to the amazing world He had just formed. And it was very, very good.
Then, the unimaginable happened. The Adversary, the Great Deceiver, came. Man was deceived. Even knowing God’s character, seeing His goodness displayed everywhere around him, and actively experiencing it every moment, Man decided that God was not to be trusted. Man rejected God. And it was catastrophic.
Everything in the whole earth, the whole universe, was affected by Man’s decision. It was no longer very, very good. Things became twisted, and didn’t do exactly what God intended for them anymore. All of this, because Man, the God-appointed ruler of creation, God’s representative on earth, broke relationship with God. Turned away from the most precious and faithful being in existence. All of creation began to mourn because of it, and long for restoration. And so did God.
But God was not content to resign Himself to this state of affairs. Absolutely not. He loved His creation too much. He longed to restore them to Himself, and to give them the joy that He alone can give, from which they had cut themselves off. He knew what He had to do – He had to reveal Himself in a way that the people could understand, so that they would begin to trust Him and delight in Him again. He knew that it was far too much for them to be able to take in all at once, but He had a plan. He had a plan from the very beginning, before they even turned away from Him. He began to speak to a man, one by the name of Abram. He promised Abram that his descendants would be beyond numbering, changing his name to Abraham to reflect that promise, and that there was a land of promise that God had just for him, and for his descendants. God began to reveal His power and faithfulness in Abram’s life, fulfilling His promises and working on Abraham’s behalf. And Abraham learned to trust God.
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