S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land.
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit.
In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush. The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:1-17 NLT
The human story is one of our failure, our sin, our disobedience, our drifting away from God, and our great God, the “Redeemer.”
Can you imagine what the world was like before sin entered the world?
A “redeemer” is one who “buys back” something or someone they consider valuable. In what way has God “redeemed” you and your life?
We know it is very possible for someone to be “redeemed” and still take a long time to live like it. What area of your life needs to look more like God now owns it?
Lord, even though our hearts and minds became dark, you never left and your heart never wavered to redeem us. Thank you for not giving up on us but sending your Son to pay the price to forgive and redeem us…so we could live a new life!