Lent: Foundation Day 2

I hope that yesterday you were able to get alone with the Lord and simply sit with the weight of being made in the image of the The Father, The Son and The Spirit. Genesis 1 & 2 is the beautiful telling of the glory of God poured out in His creation. Every part holding a specific purpose all working in perfect harmony to support each other. And the glory of Gods creation, the human. We are made in the image of God to be a reflection of God. We were created and commanded to fill the earth and subdue it, to lovingly guide creation into all that it was meant to be ... keeping order. It's a perfect story ... until we hit chapter 3. 

If you are an essential oil user, today we're I recommend Vetiver. It's the oil of centering and descent. Today we're going deep. We're about to read about the greatest rebellion in all of history and how it has affected all of humanity and all of creation. 

Find a comfortable seated position. Take a 2-3 drops of Vetiver in the palm of your hands and rub together. Close your eyes and cupping your hands over your nose, take a few deep breaths. Massage any oil left on your hands onto the back of our neck and chest. Take a moment to just breathe. Settle into the space you're in. Read Genesis 3. Read it again. Read it as many times as you  need to. Sit in this until you can't sit any longer.  Your mantra for today is Grace. Amazing Grace. Let the God of all creation speak the meaning of Amazing Grace into the depths of your soul today. 

This chapter speaks about the enemy, he's the crafty deceiver. He comes onto the scene and speaks to Eve in a way that twists the truth just enough to make a lie feel safe. He asks Eve, do you want to be like God? The problem was she already is ... created in the image of God. An image bearer. And he tempts her with the idea that God is holding out on her.  And in the greatest rebellion of all of history, created beings choose to believe that they were smarter than the Creator and abandoned his good and perfect rhythm. Instantly relationship was broken. They saw themselves as naked and vulnerable and hit from each other. Intimacy is lost between them and God. 

The horror of this is that the moment all of creation was fractured, it didn't end with Adam and Eve in the garden. Its carried on, passed down from generation to generation. Romans 5:12, "just as sin cam into the world through one man, and death through sin, and do death spread to all men because all sinned." Romans 3: 23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, who can understand it?"

But the beauty of chapter 3 is that God steps in and in grace does not give creation what it deserves, total destruction, but instead promises to make things right. He speaks to the snake and vs 14-15, he gives the first mention of Messiah's coming. He will restore relationship. This is a picture of the cross. Then God explains how the beautiful rhythm of creation has been broken and how it affects all life. Everything will be harder because the relationship of man to creation and man and woman and to God is all fractured. This is heavy.

Today we are going to sit in this reality that through one man, the entire rhythm of God's great creation was broken. And that that fracture is passed down generation through generation in the heart of every human born. Sin. Sin is not our outward actions, but the broken state of the human soul. Sin is the desire to find glory within ourselves. Its the misplaced worship of our own lives and our own abilities, forgetting that we were created in the image of God, by God to be an image bearer of His goodness and His glory. And the product of that sin causes us to believe that we can fight long enough and hard enough and build enough and give enough until God is satisfied. And It's not something that we can fix. It's not something that we can heal on our own. Only the Creator can heal His creation. Acts 17:28 "In him we live and move and have our being." All that we are and all that we have is being held together by God. It is his loving mercy and grace that we are sustained at all.  But the sinful nature of the human heart says, "I've done this for myself." 

As you walk through this day, open your eyes to the world around you. Romans 1:20 says that God has made himself evident in all of creation so that no man is without excuse to see him. So look around today. See his creation. Look for his goodness. Maybe notice the situations and conversations you have today. Where is God in the midst of all of that? 

But keep your eyes open ... grace is coming. This is not the end of the story.