The world today is not the way it was created to be. When God created the world, it was beautiful. He created light to overcome the darkness. He created the earth and filled it with life. He created the sun, moon, and stars to shine over the earth. And He created mankind in His image using His very breath. With each creation, He proclaimed its goodness!
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. – Genesis 1:31 NASB
Then God planted a beautiful garden just for us. A wonderful place for us to live, full of things to enjoy. He created the first partnership so that we would not be on earth alone and He allowed us to take part in caring for His creation. All the while, He was there with us. It was exactly as God intended it to be. It was perfect!
Enter Satan! He didn’t like anything about God’s creation, least of all the people that He showered with love and beauty. Satan wanted to be like God, and he suspected that these created beings would have the same desire. All it took was one little lie. He planted one little seed to convince Eve that God was holding out on her even though He had surrounded her with beauty and fulfilled all her needs. Eve took the bait, and just like that, the portal to evil was opened with one little lie and the first bad choice. (Genesis 3)
Through that portal the devil and his demons flooded earth and began their campaign to take over. They introduced faithlessness and shame to Adam and Eve, putting a wedge between them and God. They followed it up with envy and murder through Cain and Abel and continued their assault on generation after generation. The progression of evil continues to grow. Today we put stamps of approval on evil by calling it choice. We’ve desensitized entire generations to the pain that exists beneath all of our “freedom”. We live our lives with no thought of God, and when we get a glimpse of the fallout of our decisions, we wonder where He is as if He is somehow to blame.
God is right where He’s always been and He is still in control! The fact that the sun still rises on this earth each morning and that goodness still exists at all proves that. If the devil had his way, we’d be in far worse shape than we are now. He is not showing restraint, he is being restrained. (2 Thessalonians 2:7) When God removes His hand of protection, there will be no doubt! The devil’s time on center stage is coming, and when it does, the people left on this earth will suddenly realize that God had been there all along.
“Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” – Revelation 21:3-4 NLT
Thankfully God has future plans of restoration! (Revelation 21) Not only for this earth, but for those of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation. There will be no more evil! No hint of sin and darkness. No pain and sadness. Nothing but the glorious presence of our Savior for all of eternity. Don’t miss out on God’s restoration because you’ve fallen for the devils lies. Turn to Jesus today!
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:1-3, 6 CSB