Restoration Starts Where Grace Begin
Genesis 3:23-24 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Since my hysterectomy I have been praying a certain prayer every day, for these past seven months. “Lord restore my strength, desire, motivation, determination and abilities I once had, to move forward on my spiritual and fitness journey.” Every day after this prayer I wait for this magical moment to take place in my life, that will restore me back to where I once was.
I started reading my Bible from the beginning a few days ago and when I came to chapter three of Genesis, I was enlighten on why I had the desire to start from the beginning of the Bible. When I reached the last three verses of chapter three, God stopped me there and showed me His purpose of why I was reading from the beginning of His Word. God ensured me that I was praying the right prayer, but that I was looking in the wrong direction. Genesis 3:15 is the first account of the promise of our Savior to come. Genesis 3:21 is the first account of God’s mercy toward men and Genesis 3:24 is the first account of God’s grace to send men forward toward His plan of salvation. As I read each of these verses, the one thing God brought to my attention is all three of these events took place one right after another in the direction of forward. Jesus was first promised as their coming Messiah to look forward to for salvation, (Genesis 3:15). The sacrifice of the lamb for covering Adam and Eve’s nakedness “sin,” which brought them to being separated from God and being sent forth out of the garden, (Genesis 3:21,24).
God’s message here for us is of hope for salvation and to move forward to a great purpose for what God has in store for our lives. It is clear in this chapter that our God is a God of moving forward and not backwards. I pictured Adam and Eve wishing they could go back and redo their mistake of eating from the forbidden fruit in order to stay in the garden of Eden. I can almost hear them asking God for a second chance, but it was too late and now God has to move forward with His plan of salvation for all mankind.
As I have prayed daily for restoration, I have looked back at where I use to be on my spiritual and fitness journey. God wants me to see in His Word like Adam and Eve I can’t go back, I can only move forward in His grace as He leads me along the path of righteousness toward my calling ahead of me. The journey we are on with God can only be traveled by moving forward through faith and not backward by lessons of regrets.
Lord, You know the weary journey I have been on these last seven months, the tears I have cried, the prayers I have spoken and the heartaches I have carried as burdens. I am thankful that You are faithful, and that You have never left my side, but have carried me through many long and hard days of spiritual and emotional pain. God I have spent many days feeling like I was separated from You, straining to hear Your still small voice, but all along You have been with me, I was just looking in the wrong direction. Thank You, Lord for never leaving my side and for redirecting my sight, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.