It’s even older than Eden

IT’S AN OLD story, an ancient tale. It reaches back to the beginning, to Eden.

There we were given everything, paradise even, and we still wanted more. It’s a bottomless hunger, a deep thirst — where does it come from?

History shows us just how far we are willing to go to satisfy ourselves without God. First Cain struck down Abel, and from there the blood never stopped flowing.

Later, God’s people, his chosen ones, roamed and rebelled in the desert for a generation. They performed heinous acts, worshiped the golden calf, and this worship continues today among all nations.

We have become faster, more clever, more sophisticated, but not better — at least not on our own. Ambition, power, and greed have grown stronger than ever.

And we see the results, in the never ending killing fields of war, exploitation, and poverty which we excuse in the name of grotesque ideologies and national interests. 

But there is a deeper tale, an even older one than Eden. It goes back to the Creator, the Father, the Originator of life.

His Word breathed life into the universe.

His Word was there before time itself.

And His Word is Jesus Christ.

He and the Father are One, united in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life.

I may see confusion, I may not understand this troubled world, but in the truth of the Lord I find assurance — a deep rest for my soul that cannot be shaken.

I may wander in the desert too sometimes. I may stray and sin against my Creator. And maybe this reality is enough to keep me humble, enough to keep me real.

But one thing I know is that the original story, the first promise of God cannot be forsaken. Christ was there at the beginning, and he will be there at the end. 

If you trust, if you believe, you summon a great power. It is the power that believes that love conquers all evil, that forgiveness restores life, and that God’s final word is mercy.

Do not let any troubles remove these realities from your heart. Do not wait for things to get better before receiving these great truths.

It is the here and now of God’s grace that makes all the difference. It satisfies the bottomless hunger and quenches the deep thirst.

The faith that moves mountains and even astounds the Messiah — this is what will get us through to the other side.

And one day, our journey in the desert will end. We will enter the Promised Land.

Paradise will be returned to us forever in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

. . . . . . .

I love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:1-2

that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

John 10:38b

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