Do you ever feel like God just isn't there or think "why would God want a relationship with me?" Does He really care? Is He really there for me?
Today as I study Genesis, I revisited the Creation of Adam and Eve. Now my first post talks about the special role that God designed for women and how amazing and important that role can be when it is truly understood. Today I want to talk about the personal intimate relationship that God wants with mankind. He initiates this desire from the very beginning of our creation. Let's walk through how he did that...
- Intimate Creation
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7 (ESV)
Everything else seems to be have been made by divine fiat (God's verbal command), but with man he took his time, he involved himself in his creation.
Furthermore he did the same with Eve.
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up the its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Genesis 2: 21-22 (ESV)He got up close and personal when he made mankind-both male and female.
Finally you are the only creation that he made in his image.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...." Genesis 1:26a (ESV)
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
- Intimate Care & Provision
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Genesis 2:8 (ESV)God provided not only for their needs but for their pleasure.
And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. Genesis 2:9a (ESV)He didn't just provide food but he made the ones that were pleasant to the sight to spring up.
He gave Adam a job to do. Adam was tasked to work the garden of Eden and keep it (Genesis 2:15). Now maybe that does not seem like such a grand thing, but I've had idle hands before. If you are an intelligent being, boredom is not fun.
Finally he provided companionship when he made Eve. (Genesis 2:16, 21-24)
- Intimate Relationship
He gave Adam the choice of being obedient to the commands of God by placing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden. God did not need a zombie or a robot. He wanted man to choose to have a relationship with him.
God begins vs. 18 of chapter 2 by saying that it was not good for man to be alone, but he does not create woman until vs. 21-22. In between this time, Adam names all the animals, but discovers none that are fit to be his helper. God gives Adam the chance to come to his own conclusions before he makes the woman.
Finally, God gave man creativity, wisdom, and intelligence. Adam named all the animals in between the time of his creation and that of the woman's creation. From Genesis 1, we know man was made on the sixth day of creation. Adam had all the skills necessary to observe, get to know, and name each animal in a short period of time. As I said earlier, God did not need or want a zombie or a robot. He wanted a creation that demonstrated thought so that he might have a relationship with them.
I can only imagine how God felt as he carefully made and cared for the very first man and woman. He must have loved Adam and Eve so much, but all along he knew that they were going to fail Him. How His heart must have broken as He made them! It takes a strange and powerful kind of love to love when you know you are going to get hurt. That love drove our creation, but he refused to leave mankind in sin. Even as He made Adam and Eve, He already planned out their (and our) salvation through His son, Jesus Christ.
Just as God desired a personal intimate relationship with Adam and Eve, He desires that from each of us. Jesus' sacrifice is sufficient to save the whole world, but only applies to those who believe. (John 3:16-17). Furthermore, we are given the Holy Spirit that we might know God. As Paul tells us in I Corinthians 2:10-12, only the spirit that is in a person can know a person's thoughts. Thus, only the Spirit of God can comprehend His thoughts. God gives you His Spirit that you might understand him and what He has freely given.
God wants a personal intimate relationship with ME! And with YOU!