The world craves to be satisfied. The Garden of Eden is a great example of the joy that we so eagerly want. The Garden of Eden is where man first saw light and breathed oxygen. Chapters 1-3 of Genesis walk through the first days of mankind and this world. Imagine being in a place where there was no such thing as time, no darkness or sin to plague our hearts. Best of all, man had a relationship with God himself with no barriers that grew deeper and deeper in intimacy.
This is what the Garden of Eden was like, but then things suddenly turned dark. Man wandered away from God and ate of the forbidden tree (Gen. 3). Things swiftly turned black and spread like cancer in mankind’s heart. Sin came into the world and man said goodbye to the Garden of Eden. Even though man said goodbye to God, God never said goodbye to man.
God Never Abandoned His People
Years went on and things got pretty bad. There were brothers killing brothers, people grumbling against God, families betraying families, kings corrupting their people and society’s rebelling against each other. Yeah things were bad, real bad.
Later on in the Bible we get this illustration of God’s faithfulness to his unfaithful people. Psalm 78 paints the picture perfectly. It starts out with a long 37 verses sandwiched with another 23 verses full of mankind’s rebellion against God. The writer of the Psalm draws a straight line through God’s word pointing to how broken and bitter humanity is. And then you come to the middle of the Psalm (78:38)…
atoned for their iniquity
and did not destroy them;
He restrained his anger often
And did not stir up all His wrath.”
Do you see the big picture? Do you see what God is getting at? This verse is hope saturated, don’t miss it! We are rebellious, God is faithful.
Again and again we will fail, repeatedly we will quit and once more we will rebel. But His grace is more. It’s not us, it’s Christ. In the mystery of our rebellious hearts we see a hope, enlightening truth, we see Jesus face to face, ready to forgive.
So what do we do when we are in the dumps? Call upon Christ, He is waiting.