Genesis begins with the creation story; at the end of each day God stopped and considered His work and called it good.
The act of Him calling the creation good says that it performed exactly as it was created and still does.
The animals do not need special instructions on how to survive, the trees bud each spring without any help, and the moon and sun still rise and fall without fail.
It is good, it works and will continue to do so.
On the sixth day God created man and woman, designed perfectly and good. Soon after, our status would be changed by a decision.
A common question is, “If God knew the future, why would He even have put a temptation (tree of good and evil) in the garden?”
God created everything else to be good, to be unchangeable without questioning or choice. Man, was not created with the same intention.
God didn’t want another type of angel to just answer his commands. He didn’t want a robot, or a slave. He wanted a companion.
Man was created to exercise free will. To make choices based on desire. Unfortunately, those desires are not always good.
Had Satan not influenced the serpent to speak to Eve, would she have later desired the fruit from the tree of knowledge on her own?
Something else interesting to point out, God was speaking to someone during creation — The Holy trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son and Holy Spirit.
It is believed also present were probably an elite group of angels. Lucifer was in the company of God during the creation.
Job 38:4-7: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth, when the morning stars sang together with the sons of God and shouted for joy.”
Genesis 1:1 says, “He created the Heavens and the Earth.” He created heaven and its inhabitants before the creation of earth.
When did Lucifer become Satan? Ezekiel 28:15: “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.”
He was found faultless and good still until at least the seventh day when God pronounced everything good. It is unlikely God would sanctify the seventh day if there was a great rebellion going on.
God granted man dominion over the earth, Satan was filled with pride (at his own beauty, Ezekiel 28:17) and perhaps a desire to control, and jealousy toward man caused his fall.
But he wasn’t given dominion over the earth. Man is still responsible and in control of the welfare and goings-on of earth, no matter how many people want to blame Satan for the current state of affairs.
Why does God allow evil to exist? All things work together for a purpose, for the glory of God. God/Jesus was glorified when He conquered Satan, sin and death at the resurrection.
We can’t see how God can be glorified with our limited perception, but we must trust it to be so.
In Romans 1:18-25, “God is angry with all the wicked and evil things that crush the truth. You know everything that can be known about God because He has shown it all to you.
“God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown (hints of) what these are by all that he has made.
“People you have no excuse. You know about Him but don’t honor or thank Him. Your thoughts are useless, minds are stupid, you are in the dark. You claim to be wise but are fools.
“You don’t worship the glorious and eternal God. Instead, you worship man made images (things). So God let you go your own way. You do what you want and filthy thoughts make you do shameful things.
“You gave up the truth of God for a lie, to worship God’s creation instead of God, who will be praised forever. Amen.”
Paul minces no words here when he puts the ball in our court. He reiterates that creation is good, but places blame on our desires.
Now, more than ever, mankind is asleep. Distracted by social media, drama, social unrest, violence and fear. We have no one to blame but ourselves, and no one can fix it except us.
We have got to start with ourselves, in our own homes, get that right and don’t worry about anything else.
We can’t go off changing the world when our own homes are in turmoil.
We can’t expect our children to miraculously turn out to be exceptional people if we pay no attention to them.
My prayer is we can all do this and change the world from within.
(Rhonda Sexton is an author and inspirational speaker. She lives in Neosho with her husband and children. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-389-1222.)