Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Nurturing God’s Creation
Genesis 2:1-17
Christine Windsor

Phoenix MTC, AZ
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
When God created the earth and all that belongs, He saw that “it was good”. Every little part of His creation was made with great detail. Whatever He created was nothing short of perfect. Our wondrous God made the universe phenomenal. Then, God created man in His own image. As we can see in verse 16 and 17 of the passage, God did not want man to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, during that time, God had created everything that was good. He just simply did not want man to disobey.
    The meaning of death is different in the eyes of God. When people were crying over the death of Lazarus, Jesus had told them that he was just sleeping. Adam was told that if had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die. If we read further into the book of Genesis, we learn that he lived to be about 930 years old. He had physically died when he had reached 930 years old but the heavens had declared him to be dead many years back when he ate the fruit from the tree.
    In our modern age, we tend to be like Adam. We may not have died physically yet, but some of us may have died years back due to our lack of faith and spirituality. As Christians, we are taught to have faith in not only the bad times but also, the good times as well. We are to stay hopeful for the future when life crumbles but be humble during our life’s paramount moments. We may have different responsibilities in our lives but as a child of God, our greatest responsibility is to have a strengthened relationship with our Father.  God worked wonders when He made us and it is our duty to work wonders when we face our day-to-day lives.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank You for all that You do. We ask that You help us in strengthening our relationship with You. Help us to realize that we are dead without You and that You give us life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14