Take a few moments to imagine a perfect life…a perfect life in a perfect universe…in which there was absolutely no pain…no poverty…no hunger, no loneliness, no despair…no tears…no death.
Did you try to imagine such a life? It is hard to imagine something you have never known or seen or felt, isn’t it?
Nevertheless, in our imaginations we could manage to create such a world. And I think most of us already dream of it, especially as we are faced with increasing pain, poverty, hunger, loneliness, despair, tears, and deaths.
But have you asked yourself the question: why is it that everything was so perfect before sin? Could it be that it was because there was stability in this perfect cosmos? And could it be that stability came from knowing that God—the One who held all things together—was meticulously reliable and stable?
You see, when Satan rebelled against God, he created a type of confusion that affected the entire universe. The confusion he brought about created a sense of instability, because he intimated that God was unstable, unreliable, changing, capricious.
We on earth, of course, were most affected by this volatile picture of God, because when Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they were in effect marrying a volatile god—a god who was at the same time both good and evil. Theirs was a wedding to a Jekyll and Hyde kind of god—a lower case god. We, the offspring of this unhappy marriage, must divorce this god and marry the true God—upper case.
God knew that the only way He could help us, poor suffering and floundering humans, was to help us see Him as He truly is—a stable, dependable, constant, faithful, trustworthy, reliable God. In order to do this He had to send us someone who knew Him, someone who had, unlike anyone else in the universe, accurate and dependable insider information about Himself. Someone who knew without a shadow of a doubt that God was only good—at all times. John said this about Jesus Christ:
No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him, John 3:18.
God is on trial. The question we all have to answer is this: is God constant or is He mutable? Is He reliable or is He fickle? Can we trust Him or can we not? Is He only good, or is He Good and Evil?
We have only one answer: Jesus Christ. Look to Him and live in perfect assurance that we are in the hands of a loving Creator “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
“God is light in whom there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
“God is love” (1 John 4:8).