Welcome! This is part five in my eight week children’s devotional series Understanding Who You Are. Feel free to comment your thoughts below and share if you know someone who could use this!
Here are the eight weeks:
- What Are You Made Of?
- How Did God Make You?
- Who Are You?
- Why Did God Make You?
- Why Do We Do Wrong Things?
- Is Sin Part Of God’s Plan?
- How Can You Be Made New?
- What Is Your Purpose?
We’ve spent the first half of this study learning about who and what you are, and why God created you.
We’ve learned that God created you out of light, that you are part of his glorious, cosmic song, that you were designed out of and for his love. We’ve learned that God put human beings on earth, including you, to care for and tend to the rest of his creation – plants, animals, and other humans.
But maybe you have noticed something. Maybe you have noticed that the beautiful story we have told does not measure up to reality. Maybe you have noticed that many bad and terrible things happen in the world.
Maybe you have noticed that people are not perfect images of God’s love and glorious presence. Maybe you have noticed that human beings often destroy the earth and hurt each other rather than caring and loving for each other. Some human beings are the exact opposite of God’s love – they are filled to the brim with darkness and hatred. Others are full of pain and emptiness.
Maybe you’ve noticed that you do wrong things too. Maybe you have been selfish, told a lie, or said something rude. Maybe you have been disrespectful or caused someone pain.
What Went Wrong?
In Genesis chapter 2 (NLT), during the creation story, we find something very interesting:
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Here God tells Adam and Eve that if they eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they will die. This means that in the beginning, there was no death. There was only life.
A couple weeks ago, we learned that when God created the world, he separated the darkness from the light, and he only used light to create the world. In the beginning, there was no darkness, only light. There was no evil, only good. There was no death, only life. There was only the glory of God in all of it’s perfection and harmony.
But in this perfect, glorious world, we see something very important – God gave Adam and Eve a choice. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was right in the middle of the garden. And that tree was the whole point of life on earth. It was all about the choice.
What would Adam and Eve choose? If they ate from the tree, the earth would no longer be a paradise, where only good things could happen. If they ate from the tree, the earth would become a place of duality.
“Duality” comes from the word “dual,” which means “two.” A place of “duality” is a place that can experience two options: right and wrong, good and evil, light and darkness.
Well, we know the choice that Adam and Eve made. They ate from the tree. And after they ate, God said,
“Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil.” [Genesis 3:22a NLT]
Now, this world is no longer a paradise. Now, this is a world of duality. We can experience both good and evil, blessings and curses, healing and disease, light and darkness, life and death here. We can, and we do. And just like Adam and Eve, it is our always our choice.
When we make choices that lead us away from our original design it is called “sin.” When we make choices that are not in line with the perfect creation we were mean to be, it is called “sin.”
We learned in week one that God created you out of light. Sin is snuffing out the light, forgetting who we were meant to be, and hiding in darkness.
We learned in week two that God sang you into being. Sin is breaking from the harmony of God’s song and playing music with our lives that is not in tune with God.
We learned in weeks three and four that God made you for love. Sin is disconnecting from the satisfaction of being loved by our creator, and instead trying to fill our needs and desires ourselves. Sin is selfishness, emptiness, and brokenness.
So instead of loving and caring for the creation out of the purity and abundance of the love of God in us, we are empty, obsessed with our own needs. We end up doing the exact opposite of what we were created for, destroying the creation and using each other in our efforts to satisfy our own desires. Can you think of a few ways this is happening today?
But Wait! There’s More!
There is not a person alive on earth who is free from the effects of sin. Do you know why?
The Bible tells us that when Adam and Eve made the choice to let darkness into the world, all of creation “fell into sin.” What does this mean? Science helps us to understand.
Quantum physics tells us that everything we do affects everyone around us. Everything you do, no matter how small, creates a wave in the giant energy field of the cosmos, which starts with you and travels outward until it reaches the ends of the universe. The thoughts you think in your head, the intentions you hold in your heart, are powerful enough to affect stars in distant galaxies!
Imagine with me that you are standing in front of a pond getting ready to throw a rock into the water. When you throw the rock and it hits the surface of the water, what happens? Ripples travel outward, and they get bigger and bigger and bigger as they travel, rearranging the entire surface of the pond. Now imagine that the whole universe is made of water, and every time you feel a feeling, think a thought, say a word, or do an action, you are throwing a rock in the water of the universe. And every rock you throw creates ripples, either of light or darkness, that flow outward, getting bigger and bigger and bigger, affecting everyone in their path. Good actions create light ripples, and sinful actions create dark ripples.
Before Adam and Eve sinned, there were only light energy ripples. And when Adam and Eve sinned, this is what happened: the first ripples of darkness were formed. And those ripples of darkness traveled outward, just like the ripples on the pond, rearranging the whole universe, making it more likely that others would also create ripples of darkness. The more people who make ripples of darkness, the more powerful the darkness grows – holding all of us captive.
It’s a good thing God is made of pure light, goodness, love and harmony. And it’s a good thing that darkness cannot put out light. Only light can put out darkness.
Because God is made of pure light, he can overcome any darkness we are capable of. He can take any curse, any sickness, any death, any evil, and turn it around and use it for good. And that’s exactly what he has done and is doing.
Next week we will learn about how God himself saved us from our sin and darkness by his powerful light.
Life happened and I didn’t get the activities finished!!! I will get back to this later!