Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sweet Baby!

 
Everytime I see this picture I took of my grandson Landon last month, it makes me smile!  He looks so sweet and innocent and happy.  He can pull himself up standing now and soon he'll be taking his first steps toward a lifetime of walking and running and generally being an active boy.  He is so precious!

After God created Adam, I have no doubt when He looked at that innocent and happy young man it made Him smile as well.  Adam's eyes were probably as clear and excited about life as Landon's are.  Adam immediately started taking his first steps toward a lifetime of walking and running and filling his time with meaningful activity -- all the while, thoroughly enjoying his relationship with His Creator Father.  I envision Adam as being, not only handsome, but brilliant and kind and humorous -- and pretty much the best of the best. 

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  God blessed them..." Genesis 1:27-28.

Knowing God's amazing creation Adam was headed for a fantastic future makes it that much sadder and tragic when we know what happened and how incredibly far he -- and we as a result -- fell from that perfect plan.  Because of Adam's failure to trust and obey God, he sinned and we all lost big time.  God sadly told him:  "...In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return" 3:19.

Yet... even then ... God still loved this precious child (and Eve as well).  Even at that moment when the words of judgment were being given, God hinted at the hope that lay ahead for not only Adam and Eve, but all of His beloved children who would come after.  Those first words of hope were surprisingly found within the serpent's curse:  "...And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" 3:15.

In those Words, a merciful promise held out for us -- that the woman's Seed - meaning the future Messiah - would someday bruise the head of Satan by way of His redemptive death on the Cross.  While all the details involving this future event were unknown to Adam and Eve, God knew every jot and tittle of His gracious plan and He knew that eventually (even though it would be thousands and thousands of years later) there would be a complete victory over what was begun by that first act of disobedience.  God knew that His beloved first creation Adam would some day (in heaven) again be that handsome, brilliant, kind and humorous son that would once again have a close and loving relationship with his Father.

In the beginning, he had enjoyed that close, personal relationship with God every day and after his sin separated him from that face to face closeness, he must have lamented his loss every day of his 930 years on the earth.  What a wonderful reunion Adam must have had with Father God when - after 930 years on what had become a sinful earth, he once again stepped into the presence of his Creator. 

Someday, all we who know Christ as Savior will know the joy of a face to face relationship with our beloved Father.  Until that day, let's seek to enjoy the wonderful, mysterious relationship with Him that He gives to His children every day.  It's amazing!

I'm also going to continue to enjoy my sweet baby grandson Landon and watch him grow into a handsome young man who, I pray, will serve our Lord and rejoice in a wonderful, close relationship with his Father God as well.


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