Hopefully, your summer break from your studies has been going well. It’s nice to have a break and have a change of pace from all that studying. While we might break from school work, we shouldn’t take a break this summer from the study of God’s word. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at today’s Bible Verse, or verses, actually!
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:17-19
So those are a lot of verses, but here’s the thing, we need them all to realize an important truth. Do you see what God is saying here? He’s saying the world is no longer as He created it, originally. He tells us that the ground is cursed, that thorns and thistles will now come out of the ground, and that one day, each and every one of us will die.
That isn’t really encouraging, is it? But don’t worry, just like any good movie, this isn’t the end. As we’ll read in a few days, God had a plan for man and for the world. That plan gives us hope. But until we get to those verses, let’s take a few moments to think about this, and how what we see in today’s verses can help us share the gospel with others.
Today’s Truth: Bad things aren’t God’s Fault
See sometimes we might have friends who see wars and see some of the terrible things that people do in the world. And they might ask you, how could a loving God allow those things to happen? And as a result, they choose to not put their faith in God. But here’s the thing. God isn’t responsible for the bad things that happen in our world. That’s a result of Adam’s sin. Because of His sin, the world is cursed, it’s not the good place that God originally created.
That’s why we see sickness, death, suffering, and many of the bad things in the world. It’s because our world is fallen and broken. It’s because there’s a real devil out there wanting to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)
So don’t be afraid to stand up for the truth with your friends. Let them know that the bad stuff that happens isn’t God’s fault, the world simply isn’t the same good place our loving father God originally created.