The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
Note: This is Part 2, of an exploration of the creedal truth that God is the Creator of all things.
God Created Humanity
Third, God is the Creator of mankind. On the sixth day of creation week, God took the dirt of the earth and formed man’s body. He then breathed into man – named Adam, which means “earth” – his breath and man became a living being. That is, God gave humans an eternal soul.
God created a woman for Adam – whom he would name Eve – not from dirt, directly, but from a rib that God took from Adam.
Not from a bone in his foot, so that a husband should walk all over his wife. Not from a bone in his head, so that he should dominate his wife.
No, God took a rib from Adam’s side, so that the two would walk and work and love and live side-by-side together as long as they both shall live.
But God Created Us with Free Will
The difference between humanity and angels, however, is that angels are what some call “confirmed in their bliss.” They no longer may choose to follow God or not. Since their fall, led by Satan, they have no free will.
We, on the other hand, do have free will. This is necessary because God loves us and would like us to love him back.
But without free will, there can be no love.
One of the lessons of the World War II European concentration camps is that the guards could make the prisoners do anything but one thing.
The guards could make a prisoner stand all day and all night. They could make a prisoner walk until he collapsed. The prisoner could even be made to kill another prisoner. The guards could make the prisoners say almost anything. They could even make the prisoner eat or drink his own waste.
You start to get the picture?
But the one thing the guards could not make the prisoners do: the guards could not make the prisoners love them.
Love is a choice. God wants us to love him. So, he gave us that choice.
God Is Not the Creator of Sin
As you know, however, Adam and Eve chose to not love God by giving in to the temptation of Satan. God didn’t create sin. Satan brought it into the creation. Adam and Eve infected all of us with it.
Because of that infection – which we call original sin – we can no longer choose to love God until the Holy Spirit brings us to faith.
Faith in Jesus Christ.
No, God is not the Creator of sin, but he did defeat it!
God Did Defeat Sin
God defeated sin, death, and the power of the devil through Jesus Christ.
Jesus was born to be our substitute, lived perfectly to be our righteousness by faith. He died on the cross to forgive all the sin of all people of all time. Jesus rose from the dead three days later. And Jesus ascended into heaven with the promise to return and take all those who have faith in him to paradise.
This is how God defeated sin. This is the Gospel, and this gives us the power to love God.
God gives us all this because he loves us. Now that he’s taken our sin away, we can love him back.
Knowing the Love of My Creator
That early morning in Wyoming, looking at the sunrise on the Grand Tetons, I could feel the majesty and power of the Maker of heaven and earth.
I could also feel my place as his creation.
It was a beautiful sight.
But when I see the cross, when I hear the Gospel story of Jesus’ death & resurrection, I know the love of my Creator.
There’s nothing like it.
And there’s no way I can keep it to myself.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being my Creator and the Creator of all that I can see and even the things I cannot see. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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