We will all face times of extreme challenges. Everything from cancer, broken bones, depression anxiety, etc. Sometimes it comes slow and others very fast.
In the light of Genesis 1:1, one truth remains, God is in control. It is, without a doubt, God declaring His sovereignty over His creation. He is stating the very fact that, unlike us, He is not influenced by the very time, space and matter He called into existence.
I included that little paragraph to acknowledge God as my sovereign LORD. Knowing this, it makes understanding how God is more than just love and mercy. He is, also, a God of justice and wrath.
It is easy to find all of these attributes throughout Scripture. In just Genesis 3, Adam and Eve sin, and God must judge them. But, rather than killing them, God showed both His mercy and justice.
Judging them for their sin, God cast them out of the garden. As the Sovereign of creation, He could have killed them right then and there. God’s sentence, His mercy, was to cures them by making their lives more difficult than they would have been if they only stayed faithful to Him.
In an act of love, God told them of the coming redemption and reconciliation. God began by prophesying the coming of Christ. The rest of Scripture is filled with His acts of justice, mercy, wrath and love that lead us to the Christ.
With this in mind, I would like to share with you how God used Genesis 1 to bring me through one of the most difficult experiences of my life. Some of you know that, for the last three years, I have been suffering. I sustained an injury to my spine that left me in excruciating pain.
The pain was so bad, some days I couldn’t get out of bed. I had difficulty sleeping, walking and caring for myself. I was unemployed and struggling to survive.
Then this past June (2019), my mother was going in for open heart surgery. They found a tumor. By the end of the month, she was diagnosed with lung and esophageal cancer. She passed at the end of July.
At the end of September (2019), I was a broken mess. I was in so much pain and had so much mental and emotional strain that I cried out to God to end it all. I was looking for death, He gave me life.
The death that God gave me that night is reflected in His Word. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 states, “14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” I did die that night, not in the way I wanted.
God opened my eyes to what 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Broken, beaten, battered, that is what I was, but God took that cracked clay pot and reformed it in to something new.
After that prayer, I awoke the next morning with little to no pain in my legs. I still have pressure, but not the debilitating pain. The “experience” showed me that I have been a fool.
I was relying too heavily on myself to find healing and peace. I was so engrossed in sin that my heart was blinded to the work God was doing. I did not realize that as I focused on praising God and making Him known to those around me, that He was working.
When I let go of all that I was, all I was desperate to control, all I was holding on to, I was freed. I left myself behind and fell completely into the arms of Christ. I am no longer bound by the strings of the old-self.
The Holy Spirit graced me with a new vitality that I thought was gone forever. The baggage from all my yesterdays had become today’s lessons. I no longer see my past as something to be angry about, but as a lesson to build on.
I have become reconciled to my past, healed from its ability to be used by Satan to influence me. For God wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, “18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
Christ Jesus is my LORD, I will not relent. I am at peace as 2 Corinthians 5:20 states, “20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I don’t know where you are in your life’s journey. All I can tell you is that God sent Jesus to die on the cross to cover your sin. Repent of your sins, believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess Jesus is LORD, you will be saved.