Created to Be in Relationship
Having created everything from nothing, God is more powerful than anything we can imagine. Everything that exists owes its existence to God. Everything that exists completely belongs to God. But He didn’t create us to be robots. He gives us a choice. We get to decide whether we want to have a relationship with Him ... or not.
Then Adonai Elohim formed man out of the dust from the ground and He breathed into his nostrils a breath of life - so the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 TLV
Just like the potter in this picture will own the pot he’s in the process of making, you belong to God – the Master Potter. God created you and breathed His spirit into you. It is by the will of the creator God that you continue to live and breathe.
So God saw everything that He made, and behold it was very good. So there was evening and there was morning – the sixth day.
God saved the best for last. At the end of every one of the first five days of creation, God declared that the things He had made “were good.” When he finished the creation of man on day six, however, God declared that His crowning creation – man – “was very good.”
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness!” Genesis 1:26a TLV
Some people believe that people are just more advanced animals, but God’s word has more to say about the creation of man. We are created in the image of God.
What does it mean to be created in the image or likeness of God? Likeness indicates that we are similar to God but not identical. The Bible frequently states that God is a spiritual being. In fact, Yeshua had to take on a physical form – a human body – so that we could relate to Him more easily. This would further indicate that our likeness is spiritual in nature.
Additionally, our likeness to God can be seen in the abilities that we have that other parts of God’s creation do not possess. We are much more intelligent than any of the other creatures God made. We know right from wrong – we have a conscience. Animals, on the other hand, act out of mere instinct. It is our intelligence that enables us to relate to God.
Of all the creatures created by God, humans were the only ones that communed with God in the Garden. The Bible says that in the evening, God chose to walk in the garden and visit with them each day in the cool of the evening. He wanted to relate with them in a personal way.
And they heard the sound of Adonai Elohim going to and fro in the garden in the wind of the day.
Genesis 3:8a TLV
Just imagine what it would have been like to live in a beautiful garden and to walk and talk with God each evening. That was God’s intent. We were created to commune with God. In Acts 17:28 and 29, the apostle Luke says that we are God’s offspring. We were created to have a filial relationship with God – to be a part of His family.
Is it any wonder then that we grow closer to Him when we spend time with Him each day? It was His desire to spend time with us each day.
Do you spend time with God on a daily basis?
Do you spend time reading His Word – His love story to us? Do you spend time talking to Him? ... that’s what prayer is, by the way ... just having a conversation with your Creator. It doesn’t have to be a lot of fancy words. It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. What God wants is for you to spend time with Him, having open and honest conversations with Him on a consistent basis.
Think about it. It’s hard to be close to a stranger. To get close enough to someone to have a relationship with them requires that you spend time with them, getting to know them. And that’s what God wants. But He gives you a choice, just as He gave Adam and Eve a choice. The question is, what is your choice? God doesn’t say ... my way or the highway. He gives you a choice.
Do you choose God’s way or your way? Adam and Eve chose to do their own thing, rather than follow the rules that God had laid out for them. When they did, they lost so much ... for themselves and for every single thing that God had created.
Heavenly Father, I want to have a close relationship with you. I look forward to the day that I can walk side by side with you. As my heavenly Father, I pray that you will guide me and protect me always. Help me to develop a closer relationship with you now and for all eternity. I thank you in advance for the work you are doing in me.
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I use the name, Yeshua, because that is the name my congregation uses. You may better know Him as Jesus.
© 2020 Cindy Murdoch