Sometimes it seems like older technologies such as kettles, microwaves, fridges, cars and perhaps hundreds of other everyday items were built to last. I may be being cynical but it seems like products sold in shops these days have an inbuilt redundancy and a short expected life span. This is true of a microwave we recently had to replace it only lasted a few years and it wasn’t like every other meal was made in it! My Pastor who is also a qualified mechanic told me that cars are becoming more difficult to fix with all of the extra gadgetry that they build into them. This brings me to this phrase “They don’t make them like that anymore!”
Which seems so true when it comes to products but what about when this is applied to creation and in particular you and I. Has God stop planning and designing quality people who truly live out the Plans that he has ordained for them?
The well known verse in Psalm 139:14 says this “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Here the psalmist is praising almighty God for making him and thanking God for being the creator.
What goes wrong in our lives then?
Why don’t we reflect more of God?
We are fearfully and wonderfully made the Bible tells us but somehow we are imperfect. Think about it, God is truly perfect and he makes an imperfect creation which isn’t built to last. This by simple logic cannot be the case. A perfect almighty being does not create a less than perfect creation. Something has got between God’s plan for us and his creation. Namely Sin.
I have been re-reading Genesis recently and saw how God made a perfect universe of which Adam and Eve were his pinnacle and his greatest creation. God desired to live in relationship with his creation and walked freely among them conversing with them. Adam and Eve had dominion over the earth and walked around naked with no shame. Then they disobeyed God and ate from the tree of knowledge as a result of a serpent tempting them to do so. Sin had entered into the world and from thereon in it turns pretty sour with mankind disobeying God on numerous occasions.
I truly think when you look at an overview of the Old Testament you can see that God desperately wants to return to relationship with mankind. A messianic figure is hinted at more than once and comes to fruition in the New Testament with the last book revelation pointing to a future in which God and mankind will once again dwell together. This is awesome.
I love these promises found in Romans 3
21But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
There is forgiveness from our sin in Jesus that brings us back towards God’s plan for universal salvation and restoration.
So God hasn’t stopped making high quality people who are built to last it is just that Sin has got in the way and has made us imperfect and liable to slip up and sin. The story doesn’t end there however as God gives us the promise of New Life and forgiveness when we put our faith in Jesus.
It is up to us to put our faith in God and his promises and to be lead by the Holy Spirit into all that he has for us. Today let’s make that commitment.