Genesis taught me that God transforms
chaos into order,
darkness into light
and purposeless void into creation.
Creation handmade by The Artist,
Stamped authentic with His Spirit,
Signed Yahweh Elohim:
Architecht of the Universe,
Almighty God who is as intimate as breath with His creation.
Genesis taught me that God's love is limitless.
It is without boundaries,
so deep and so wide that it stretches throughout all dimentions and all generations
from the Garden to Goshen,
from Galilee to Gesthemane,
from Golgatha to the Mount of Transfiguration,
to the revelation of the New Jerusalem:
a city paved in pure gold,
built on a foundation of crystal clear emerald.
A city lit by the Son of God; the light is the Lamb.
There will be no darkness,
the gates will never close and it will be inhabited by those whose names are written in the Book of Life.
All because of the limitless love of God,
established in Genesis,
through His promise for a resolution to sin.
And oh, how we need a resolution to sin.
We relive Genesis three every single day:
Satan says "sin is not bad" and "God is not good",
boundaries are misrepresented and misunderstood.
This cycle steamrolled through early civilization until a small, godly remnant remained.
They walked in step with God, at His pace, moving the human race away from sin and towards belief.
Belief that was manifested in
Noah, Enoch, Enosh and Seth.
Belief that meant putting to death comfort and reputation.
Belief that meant giving up earthly adulation all to be involved in the work that God was doing.
Genesis taught me that whole-hearted belief in God means following the example of Noah:
making God my muse,
founding my life's work on that which society devalues,
and taking refuge in The Ark- Jesus who rescues.
Noah's faithfulness paved the way for Abraham:
just a regular man,
chosen by the Great I Am,
to establish a family through which God would bring the Lamb:
a perfectly pure sacrifice priceless enough to pay the debt of sin.
Abraham taught me that God desires trust that is active, not passive.
Trust that drives me out of my Ur,
to a land unknown, far outside of my comfort zone for the sole purpose of getting in on what God is doing,
even when it contradicts common sense,
even when it is intense,
and even when, like Isaac, it costs me my life.
Isaac taught me about being a living sacrifice:
daily laying down on the altar,
releasing my dreams, goals, comfort and plans
in exchange for vulnerable living in the Father's hands.
Isaac taught me that everything that is committed to God is safe,
but not my version of safe - with cotton ball walls holding in all things happy and nice,
but God's version of safe that will always lead me to the altar on which I become the sacrifice:
purified by fire and wildly rich with a birthright blessing of scripture, fellowship, biblical promises and prayer;
all gifts from God that are more valuable than the very air we breathe.
Esau taught me to cherish and claim this spiritual birthright blessing instead of choosing temporary satisfaction.
Genesis reminds me that that God comes to me, like He came to Esau and Jacob,
and meets me where sin has led me and promises:
I am with you
I will not leave you
I will keep you wherever you go
and even when I break you
you can confidently know that
I am faithful to keep my promises.
Like Jacob, I know what it is like to be broken of self-reliance;
to have the day-to-day science of my life shattered into pieces too small to put back together by myself.
Like Jacob, I have put my head down and wrestled through the dark nights and the even darker days,
struggling to maintain self-suffiency until I was so weary I could do nothing other than cling and weep.
It was there, in the surrender, that I was blessed:
through the mothering of little children and surviving postpartum depression
God revealed my incompetency and His faithful provision.
Highlighting the truth that He is the author of my story,
writing line by line a plot that reveals His glory.
But I tend to be a wary main character in this divine tale where it seems like uncertainty prevails.
But Genesis taught me to choose like Joseph.
He rejected his 360 degree view of the unexpected and chose to see his life from God's perspective:
a man protected,
a path directed,
a future invested in living out his part of the greatest love letter ever written,
composed by God, fulfilled by Jesus, delivered by the Spirit,
and beginning in Genesis.
Seriously, have you?
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