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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 1/Heroes: Creation

A question that I get pretty often and one I’ve asked myself is, “Why did God plant that stupid tree in the Garden?” or “If God KNEW that Adam and Eve would blow it, why did he give them the freedom to choose?”

One thing we can learn from the movies is that love induced by a potion or a spell is not really love at all. Love should be freely given. We also know that love is not expressed in words but in selfless acts of sacrifice. When relationships love like this they are well-oiled machines. When not, the gears are constantly and miserably grinding.

When God gave us a choice it was out of love. They could have denied themselves that tree out of love (nevermind they had the rest of the garden to pick from) but instead they loved themselves first and believed Satan’s lie (he only gave them doubt). Then they chose to hide. Then they chose to blame.

God also made a choice. When someone rejects us we typically reject them too. He chose not too. He chose to love selflessly. He gave clothes. He gave provision. His words were kind. He assigned blame to the right party. Remember Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:10-12. He paid the consequence. Even when we reject him he still chooses to love. We should learn from his choices.

Scripture

Genesis 3

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for our freedom even though we get it wrong a lot. We are the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. Thank you for never rejecting us. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for showing us the best way. Shut Satan’s mouth in my life. Draw me close to you. Amen.