does God really love you?


this is what we read tonight from the Jesus Storybook Bible. wanted to share it here.

Adam and Eve lived happily together in their beautiful new home.  And everything was perfect–for a while.  Until the day when everything went wrong.  God had a horrible enemy.  His name was Satan. Satan had once been the most beautiful angel, but he didn’t want to be just an angel–he wanted to be God.  He grew proud and evil and full of hate, and God had to send him out of heaven.  Satan was seething with anger and looking for a way to hurt God.  He wanted to stop God’s plan, stop this love story, right there. So he disguised himself as a snake and waited in the garden.

Now, God had given Adam and Eve only one rule: “Don’t eat the fruit on that tree,” God told them. “Because if you do, you’ll think you know everything.  You’ll stop trusting me.  And then death and sadness and tears will come.” (You see, God knew if they ate the fruit, they would think they didn’t need him. And they would try to make themselves happy without him.  But God knew there was no such thing as happiness without him, and life without him wouldn’t be life at all.)

As soon as the snake saw his chance, he slithered silently up to Eve. “Does God really love you?” the serpent whispered. “If he does, why won’t he let you eat the nice, juicy, delicious fruit? Poor you, perhaps God doesn’t want you to be happy.”

The snake’s words hissed into her ears and sunk down deep into her heart, like poison. Does God love me? Eve wondered. Suddenly she didn’t know anymore. “Just trust me,” the serpent whispered. “You don’t need God. One small taste, that’s all, and you’ll be happier than you could ever dream…”

Eve picked the fruit and ate some. And Adam ate some, too.  And a terrible lie came into the world.  It would never leave.  It would live on in every human heart, whispering to every one of God’s children: “God doesn’t love me.”…

…You see, sin had come into God’s perfect world.  And it would never leave.  God’s children would always be running away from him and hiding in the dark.  Their hearts would break now, and never work properly again.  God couldn’t let his children live forever, not in such pain, not without him.  There was only one way to protect them.  “You will have to leave the garden now,” God told his children, his eyes filling with tears. “This is no longer your true home, it’s not the place for you anymore.”

But before they left the garden, God  made clothes for his children, to cover them.  He gently clothed them and then he sent them away on a long, long journey==out of the garden, out of their home.  Well in another story, it would all be over and that would have been….

The End.

But not in this Story.

God loved his children too much to let the story end there.  Even though he knew he would suffer, God had a plan–a magnificent dream.  One day, he would get his children back.  One day, he would make the world their perfect home again.  And one day, he would wipe away every tear from their eyes.

You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children–with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God’s children would miss him always, and long for him–lost children yearning for their home.

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: “It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake.  I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here.  I’m coming back for you!”

And he would.  One day, God himself would come.

 

isn’t that where sin begins, “Does God really love you?” we question His love and then we stop trusting Him. we believe the lie. but the good news is He has come to rescue you and me with a love that we can’t possibly comprehend.

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2 comments

  1. I just got the Jesus Storybook Bible for my kids last week and I’m definitely getting more out of it than they are. This chapter blew my mind and made me cry. It’s so simple, so true, yet I forget it all the time.

  2. isn’t that where sin begins, “Does God really love you?”

    Yes. So right. Right alongside, “Is God really good?” “If he’s really good and he really loves me, X,Y,Z wouldn’t have happened, or A, B, C would happen.”

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