Why So Many Questions?

Post by Chris Hartenstein
“In the beginning, God…”
Genesis 1:1

Humanity's life started with a beautiful creation story that is almost beyond comprehension (Gen. 1:1-24). Through a stunning act of intimacy, God created man and women on the sixth day of creation, dirtying his hands to form our bodies (Gen. 2:7). He set us in a garden in Eden, growing up for us every tree that was "pleasant to the eye and good for food" (Gen. 2:8-9). In the garden, humanity enjoyed an intimate, unbroken fellowship with their Creator. Goodness, love, intimacy, belonging, adventure, and purpose were a part of this fellowship. We had no questions in our hearts and minds because of the complete clarity that came from the presence of our heavenly Dad. He was everything we needed; any question we had, he knew the answer. We walked with him in the cool of the day, always enjoying and beholding his glorious presence.

But that was then, this is now, and that's not where we are. We live in a world full of brokenness where questions chase us down and haunt us, robbing us of sleep and peace. It seems there is no fellowship or intimacy. How in the world did we get here?

God charged Adam and Eve with one command. They could eat from any tree growing in the garden, but they must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or they would die (Gen. 2:15-17). One day, the question came:

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’? (Gen. 3:1)

At that moment, Adam and Eve faced a choice to either take this question to their Creator or answer it themselves. Our lives reveal their choice:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” (Gen. 3:6-7).

From a singular question and a poor choice to answer that question on their own, came all of our confusion and separation from the Father, allowing a flood of questions to enter into our world (Gen. 3:22-24). Nothing has ever been the same. Now, we struggle daily with a myriad of questions core to our very heart and soul. Our necessity for answers will either drive us to the heart of our heavenly Father and Creator or total despair.

Calibrate:

 Have you identified what questions you wrestle with each day that are core to your heart?

Where are you going to answer those questions?  

How are those answers working for you?

Is life turning out how you thought it would?
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