Eternity changes everything. Yet to be fully life-changing, the hope of eternity must be coupled with the right understanding of our creation. After nearly 18 years and countless Old Testament lessons, the important of Genesis 1:31 finally struck me.
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
I know that’s how the earth was created, for even now I see the beauty of God’s original design shine through the brokenness. Every flower that blooms, every leaf that falls, every sun sets, splaying the sky with dazzling colors—these are peaks into the world before the fall.
And every peak I catch leads me to say “O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1).”
Creation shouts His majesty. And we are part of that. That is why we are drawn to chapters such as Psalm 139 and Revelation 22. We hold onto our value and worth in God’s eyes even as we are rejected and devalued in man’s.
When I was young, Genesis 3 seemed to be nursey’s soundtrack. From songs to plays, I learned that we are created very good but one apple—one doubt—changed us. From then on, we doubted God’s purposes, looking at the world through jaded eyes.
Those verses shaped my faith and should have shaped my view of God. Yet, like Eve, I have let doubts tumble into my heart, shaking me from the truths that were planted young. When my heart hurts, those doubts lead me to question His purposes.
Those doubts shatter at one thought. God is always good. And He is always good to me.
While His sovereignty ordains our sufferings, He never smiles at our pain. Instead, his goodness redeems suffering. And changes how we suffer.
Perhaps the sweetest comfort is that He is not simply letting our ashes fall, He has redeemed them. And offered us the life that we crave. If we only trust. That is faith: trusting Him with our present and future redemption.
Trusting that He is always only good, even when the world is broken. And ever holding to His peace.
A peace that surpasses our longings, because they are fulfilled in His never-ending goodness. That is who He is. And who He is—and how He created—can plant our hearts in the truth that He truly does redeem all for good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28