Do you have children? I have a daughter and then ten years later I gave birth to a son! Raising each of them was totally different because one was all about dolls, fancy dresses and hair-bows; the other was bikes, roller skates, baseball and wrestling. I love them both more than life and would do anything that was within my power to see that they were happy. There were times they did things that merited punishment and administering it was the hardest thing I ever had to do.
Genesis 2:7 God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul! When I had my first child I thought no one had ever had such a perfectly beautiful baby. God put breath into His first child, Adam and had someone he could talk with or take a walk with in the cool of the evening. He had someone to take care of the land and tend to the animals. He gave Adam dominion over it all. God thought Adam needed a companion that was more like him. V 21-22 God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man. The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.”
God had two children to love, to walk and talk with until they disobeyed in such a grand way that He had no choice except to punish them. God was disappointed. His creation had failed. Satan walked into the Throne room one day and God asked him where he had been, “Checking things out on earth”, he answered. “Have you considered my good friend Job?” said proud Papa God, “Yeah, you protect him, why wouldn’t he be loyal to you?” You know the story, Job was tried, almost beyond human endurance, but he passed the test. Jesus was tested beyond anything we can imagine yet He passed the test with flying colors! He died on a cross to save the souls of the offspring of God’s first children, the disobedient ones, what greater gift could He give than His life?
Can you imagine watching your child die in agony? I couldn’t even stand to take mine to the doctor for their shots!
Having a child is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body where it cannot be protected, and if something goes wrong with your relationship with that child it feels as if they have taken your heart, slammed it on the concrete and smashed that sucker flat! If one of my children doesn’t talk to me for a day, which is highly unlikely, I look them up and find out why! I am thinking that some of us have become incommunicado with God and I wonder if He doesn’t miss our company. One of my children cannot take the place of the other, and I can not talk to God for you, no one can take YOUR place. It’s you He wants to hear from.
Has it been a long time since you talked with Him?