I’m reading the creation story in the book of Geneses and thinking about the details. Trying to wrap my mind around the reason God would create such a beautiful place with such order and providing to the smallest detail for life to thrive. In seven days He gave everything I have searched for my whole life and failed to see right in front of me. I sometimes think about how He knew before creation the outcome, the cost of sin and the price He would have to pay on the cross and He took the time to make it perfect just encase with free will man chose Him. I have no delusions that I would have done the same thing Eve did because I have seen the consequences of her actions and still I find myself reaching for the fruit thinking it will turn out different this time. Jesus created me to walk with Him and spend time with Him because I know the value of that relationship and I understand He provides everything I need and some of what I want. The temptation has never changed the Devil has just polished up his approach. See I would not stop and talk to a serpent (walking or otherwise) but I hear the same thing over and over. Satan was cast out of heaven because he wanted to be equal with God and that is what he tempted Eve with “you will be like God”. All temptation leads back to that same thing only in this society it says “you deserve”, “you can have”, the problem is Satan never understood who God is, his desire is only to be worshipped. Jesus came to the garden to walk with Adam and Eve He created them to love Him but love is never one sided, God already loved them. The deception is a twisted view of God; the bible says “He came to seek and to save”, “He is the lamb led to the slaughter”, “and by His stripes we are healed”. God is love and just, He is full of mercy and grace, He made man to bring glory to Himself but He is also worthy of all glory and honor. Just like Eve I have believed the lie that I can be worthy of honor and praise if I have the things this world has to offer, if I am beautiful, rich, smart, hardworking, you name it the list is endless but none of those things are like God. God does not look on the “outward appearance of man” every metal or precious stone man is willing to fight and die for God uses as building material, God’s wisdom is looked on as foolish, “it is not of works lest any man should boast”, God is not even close to the picture Satan is selling. The goal of Christianity is to be a picture of Jesus by living His example given to me in His word. In creation I see God as meticulous and detailed, satisfied at the end of the day with a job well done but His thoughtfulness in provision comes from a love for the very people He will soon die for. I cannot create a world and I don’t even understand the depth of that love but God said “what so ever your hands find to do; do it as unto the Lord” knowing that while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me. God’s work was not a punishment or something He rushed through to get away from but an act of love. I’ve never thought of my job as an act of love but if I am doing it for Him that is what He wants it to be. Today I am reminded to enjoy the beauty of His creation, to rest and be renewed, and to find my joy in His company all day every day.