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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Curses, Life and Abundance

We were never created for disease and strife, pain and heartbreak. When God created this world and man, it was all good. He put man in a place of heaven on earth. Man enjoyed the company of God. He walked with Him and had conversations with Him. It couldn't have been better......until....... the man and the woman sinned. They disobeyed God. It was then and only then (a result of man's action) that things got hard. Because of this sin, God said to the man and the woman: "Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, because from it you were taken, for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.' Genesis 3:17-19). God made all things good. Man messed it up. I'm sure God did not deliver this news to man with anything but tender compassion and heartbroken empathy. He knew what lay ahead for all of us who live in this world.

But God has done a wonderful thing. Man's sin could not be undone, so what could be done? John 10:10 says, "... I come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." Who is speaking here? It's Jesus. Jesus came to give us life (the enjoyment or blessings of this present life) - in the midst of this world gone bad - where bad things happen. And not JUST life, but abundant life. Abundant means having in great quantity, overflowing with, abounding.

God wants us all to have abundant life in the midst of this dark world. He is a God of deliverance as well as the Rock upon which the children of God stand in the midst of the worst storms and disasters.

I think the miracle is more that we overcome whatever may be against us and eventually we are delivered, than instant deliverance. Deliverance will come to the child of God, but until then, we have the abundant life Jesus came to the cursed earth to give those who belong to Him.

Have you made a decision to give your life to Jesus? He offers it to all who will come. Come, weary one - tired of treading the waters of heartbreak. Come.


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Tonya said...

You have much wisdom in God's ways, Anna.
When I first read this entry, I thought, "But, God hasn't delivered me." Then, I remembered the Israelites doubting and even rejecting God's way of deliverance and following their own ways, which always led to heartbreak and destruction.
I like what you said about the miracle of overcoming what is against us rather than focusing on being instantly delivered.

Anna said...

Thanks to you both, Stefano and Tonya! Yes, Tonya, the reality is that more often than not, God does not deliver us instantly. I remember reading in Scripture about the Israelites taking possession of the promised land and how God told them that He would not give it all to them at once because if he did, they wouldn't know how to handle it. Sometimes God needs to make some changes in our character or hearts so that we can appreciate and properly use the gifts He wants to give us.