All the ordinary places and events of our lives hold the potential to become houses of God, gateways of heaven. Every moment holds the possibility of revealing the hidden God in our midst. The reason knowing God does not consist of an endless stream of ecstatic and extraordinary experiences is because God wants us to learn to see him in the ordinary!
The Bible’s accurate portrayal of a good-but-flawed humanity clearly demonstrates that redemption comes not through human initiative but through divine faithfulness. The story of the Bible is the story of a God who is active in human history, bringing blessing in the midst of a fallen world. The good news begins in Genesis and climaxes in Christ!
The flood returns creation to its original state, but with significant changes. Sin still remains. Creation is no longer “very good” but “corrupt.” The human heart is not innocent, but clouded by sin. Since humankind’s future flourishing cannot depend on human faithfulness, God’s covenant now supports and sustains God’s relationship with creation.
The story of the flood is not about God’s wrath or anger. God expresses sorrow, disappointment, and regret. God grieves because God loves. God does not stand in an indifferent or remote relationship to what has happened, but personally enters into its brokenness and works on it from within. This covenant faithfulness comes at a cost to God.
In the story of Cain and Abel, we discover that sin is a very real threat to human flourishing. Our freedom is found in obedience to God’s counsel. Our struggle against sin is a lifelong challenge. A good society begins with good people. Cain’s social injustice is fueled by Cain’s personal sin – sin Cain refuses to acknowledge and restrain.