through His Word
by Becky Hitchcock
Because is a great word. With a fun blend of consonants and vowels, it’s easy on the ear.
Yet it has depth. It indicates the why of something. The motive. The reason for a particular thing. The word thrills me actually. It makes me recall something historically and spiritually profound. It allows me to ponder a great demonstration and sacrifice on behalf of a great cause.
The word because helps me ponder the Savior.
It takes me to the beginning of our beginning. The Scriptures are chock-full with details of God’s passion for all creation. His creation. All things were made by Him and He liked them. He called them good. In fact, He is so delighted He talks to Himself.
Let Us make man in Our image.
Genesis 1:26 NKJV
And so, from the dust of the earth, He brought forth mankind. He breathed life into us. He gave us the ability to speak, reason, and choose. He gave us a beautiful garden to tend and enjoy. He gave us delicious foods to partake. Moreover, we had the privilege of His company.
Yet, we failed so miserably in that beautiful garden. We did not listen. Despite our God-given abilities, we didn’t understand that when God gave us just one rule to follow—one fruit of one tree not to partake of—He had a good reason. His motive was our protection. We just couldn’t help ourselves it seems. We chose the forbidden. We allowed sin to enter the very creation God made for us.
I continually say we and us as opposed to they and them. I claim Adam and Eve as my oldest ancestors because I inherited so much from them. Namely, the bent toward sin. It’s a family trait. I’ve even handed it down to my own children.
Sin is serious though. Our disobedience had the power to bring us eternal separation from the Holy One who made us in His own image. The thought of such is horrifying. The older I get, the more I realize the presence of God is essential to my well-being. Not only is the company of His presence delightful, it’s absolutely necessary. I live and move and have my very being in Him.
Since the wages of sin is death, something or someone had to die. This isn’t because God is mean. Quite the contrary. He just simply can’t look upon sin. His Holiness will not allow Him to do so. This is hard to grasp, but nonetheless true. And yet just because He loved Adam and Eve so much, He found a way to cover the wage. It required the life’s blood of a four-legged creature roaming the garden God had made for them. It required the sacrifice of His own creation.
While this procedure to cover sin stayed in place for more centuries than I can count, it still wasn’t an ideal time for God or His creation. Sin needed a long-term cure.
And so, in the fullness of time, God sent the Savior. From the grandeur of heaven, into the womb of a fair virgin, the Savior debuted in the flesh. And by and by, the religious and political setting of our history merged with our spiritual default setting. It provided the backdrop for our full redemption. By allowing the brutal abuse and death of the very One who never knew sin, God looked upon that abuse and death to be the complete sacrifice for the sin debt of His entire creation.
God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NKJV
God perfected the cure for our sin. We are His cause. He made us. He redeemed us. And we may now return to the company of His presence.
And so, the word because reminds me to simply delight in being His cause. God thought it was a worthy one. A cause worthy of our pondering.
How about you? What word thrills you and helps you ponder God’s goodness?
© Copyright 2017 by Becky Hitchcock
Becky Hitchcock lives and writes in Old Clyattville, a farming community outside Valdosta, Georgia. She and her high school sweetheart/husband have two daughters. Whether penning articles or piddling with a work of fiction, Becky feels God smiling when she writes. She reads about writing and writers, but still finds time to walk the beach and collect vintage Blue Willow china. Becky is a self-professed technology-phobic, but would love to hear from you at sensitiveonpurpose.blogspot.com.
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