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Today’s Truth

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8 NIV).

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I watched the news and mourned the hatred of mankind. I read the paper and questioned the senseless headlines. I listened to the radio and cried about the wildfires out west. Silently I prayed, God, why is the world so messed up? And then the Holy Spirit reminded me of where broken began.

When God fashioned, fitted, and filled the earth, there was nothing but goodness. The lion and the lamb lay side-by-side. Adam and Eve lived a harmonious existence without a hint of discord. God and human beings communed with no barrier between them. All creation ebbed and flowed with the rhythm of the tides and the breath of God. There was no lack, only abundance; no fear, only calm assurance; no violence, only peace; no hatred, only love; no sickness, only health. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

God gave Adam and Eve just one restriction within a bounty of freedom—a restriction that was for their protection and provision. But he also gave them free will: the choice to obey or disobey—to stay within the protective boundaries of his perfect plan or step beyond them.

Adam and Eve had unveiled communion with God, unadulterated community with each other, and unlimited access to all that God had made . . . except for one little thing.

The Tree.

But we know what happened next. Genesis 3 begins with the daunting words, “Now the serpent . . .” The devil slithered into the garden and tempted the pair with the one thing they didn’t have. Isn’t that just like him? Whatever we don’t have, the devil will tell us, “You’d be happy if . . .” He wants us to believe that God is holding out on us.

Unfortunately, the “you’d-be-happy-if” lie has introduced a destructive detour into many stories.

The devil launched his plan of deception in the garden by asking a question. “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1, emphasis added).

Anytime we have a thought that essentially begins, “Did God really say,” we need to stop and ask, where did that thought come from? Many self-destructive decisions have begun with the question, “Did God really say?” Did God really say I shouldn’t watch that movie? Did God really say I shouldn’t reconnect with my old high school boyfriend on Facebook? Did God really say I shouldn’t spend money on . . . ?

Eve’s first mistake was engaging the serpent in conversation in the first place. “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” she said, “but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die’” (vv. 2–3).

Satan’s next words are the first lie recorded in the Bible: “You will not certainly die” (v. 4). In other words, God is not telling the truth. Sin has no consequences.

Satan went on to say, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (v. 5). In other words, You can be your own god.

Eve bought what the devil was peddling and made a disastrous decision that led to the downfall of all creation. She ate…she gave it to her husband who was with her and he ate.

As soon as Adam and Eve sunk their teeth into the forbidden fruit, shame entered the world. The man and woman who were previously naked and felt no shame became the man and woman who cowered and were consumed by shame. Shame blanketed the earth and creation was never the same. And that’s where broken began.

Here’s the good news—Before everything fell apart, God had a plan to put it back together. Jesus, God’s Son, put on flesh and stepped into the human story so he could pay the price for our sins, conquer death, and restore our union and communion with God. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8 NIV).

One day, the consequences of the fall will be reversed. Jesus will come again, and we will live in the New Jerusalem for all eternity. There will be no more tears, no more death, no more mourning, no more pain. He will make everything new. Broken will be no more.

If you are looking forward to that day, then click on comment and leave a shout out!

If you’re not sure that heaven is in your future, click here and let’s make sure.

Let’s Pray

God, thank You for sending Your Son to destroy the devil’s work and for making a way for us to leave the brokenness of this earth for the perfection of heaven.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Go back and read Genesis 2 and 3. What lies did the devil tell Eve that he is still telling us today?

More From the Girlfriends

What if your worst chapters could become your greatest victories? I know that they can!

Today’s devotion is only a taste of the study regarding why bad things happen. If you would like to learn more, check out Sharon’s new book, When You Don’t Like Your Story: What if Your Worst Chapters Could Become Your Greatest Victories. You’ll also learn how to change the seemingly worst parts of your story into your greatest victories, and then use them for good!

 

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27 Responses to “Where Broken Began”

  1. Radha says:

    Please Sharon. Please GIC
    I ask for prayer. Im bitter angry. Im huting. The divorce left with so little at 70. My siblings, family so broken, my siblings do speak to each other. Bitter, angry, no one visit or call me. my family divorce, my family,siblings, sons and wives dont care to visit me or check on me. Rejected, alone, need financial help. You said God loves me? Show me how . So sad and angry. Please

  2. Donna says:

    Yes, amen. So want to see the end of this world. Ready for our savior to come again.

  3. Beverley says:

    The older I get the more I yearn for that day. Amen to all that you said.

  4. DEBBIE says:

    Looking forward with great hope!

  5. Vera says:

    Looking for that great day

  6. Monique says:

    I am looking forward to that blessed day, to be in the presence of Jesus and to behold his glory. Leaving this world behind and to rest in God’s eternal peace amen!

  7. Marsha says:

    Yes Yes Yes!!!!

  8. Jeanne says:

    Thank you God for the assurance of Heaven!

  9. Edith says:

    What a day that will be!! The reunion of all reunions when we are finally united with our Savior who gave His life that we may live with Him for eternity! Thank you for that reminder today and God bless you and all the GIGs!

  10. Lisa says:

    Amen and praying for mankind to follow God’s commandments, LOVE the Lord with all your heart….and your neighbor.

  11. Kim says:

    Praise God! His Kingdom is forever. What a glorious day it will be when we are finally Home!

  12. Kathy says:

    Thank you Jesus. I look forward to the day when I can thank Him face to face

  13. Tami says:

    I am saved and when the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there! I have family members for which I pray will give their hearts to Christ!

  14. Ingrid says:

    My name is written in God’s Book and our heavenly reunion is going to be overjoyed

  15. Alana says:

    I’ve been waiting since 1981!!! I do have family members who I still pray for though.❤😄🙏

  16. Phyllis says:

    I’m totally blind Sharon I hav a computer with speech that when I do the keys teh voice reads out to me what’s on the screen Sharon I loved your devotional this morning and I made the decision to recognize Jesus and know I’m going to heaven and I have told someone my decision I love girlfriendsanGod and reading the devotionals I sense God speakign to me

  17. Joyce says:

    Amen Lift up our heads for our redemption draws nigh Can’t wait

  18. Donna says:

    I’m ready and I pray that family, friends, associates, acquaintances, coworkers, neighbors, even enemies will be there with me! God be praised!

  19. Sandra says:

    Thank you Lord for your great sacrifice to assure my redemption and the redemption of all my loved ones…..one day I shall see you face to face….I rest in your promises.

  20. Thelma says:

    Thank you dear God for sending your one and only son to save us from our sin, I am looking forward for your second coming, I love you

  21. Carolyn says:

    Waiting here for you LORD! Even so come quickly!

  22. Susan says:

    Yes! I am listening for that Trumpet!

  23. Paula says:

    Yes and amen, Come Lord Jesus

  24. Jan says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins so I can have everlasting life!

  25. Avi says:

    Hey, thanks for the encouraging words!
    I have a kind of unrelated question about sin. It was mentioned that it’s a lie that sin has no consequences, but I’m not sure what the consequences are for a believer. I’ve been told that if you sin you are still saved, so what is the result of sinning for a Christian?

  26. Hi Avi. I wanted to answer your question. Let me give you a few examples. If someone has an affair, there are consequences such as a broken marriage, damaged children, shame, regret, and the list goes on. If someone steals, they will most likely get caught and have to pay the price. If someone lies, there will be consequences in broken relationships. When a Christian sins, that doesn’t mean that they lose their salvation, but there are still consequences for every action. Make sense?

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