January 1

Genesis 1-3, Psalm 1

The age old question frequently asked is: "Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? There are no shortage of supposed solutions from the world of philosophy to answer this. Utilitarianism states that, "we are to live that so that whatever brings the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people, will give us meaning." Nihilism simply says life is without objective meaning. The French philosopher, Albert Camus, asserts that the absurdity of the human condition is that people search for external values and meaning in a world which has none, and is indifferent to them. Pragmatism suggests that the practical, useful understanding of life is more important than searching for an impractical truth about life. Existentialism, which is prevalent today, states that each man and each woman creates the essence (meaning) of their life; life is not determined by a supernatural god or an earthly authority, one is free. Many ask me as I am becoming an older physician, having done this for many years, whether I'm bored with it or tired of it. I always reply with saying, "how can I ever get bored of seeing one of the most amazing realities of God's Creation, the birth of a child." This marvelous manifestation of God's Creation was one of the first steps on the road to establishing a relationship with Christ, for me.

In the creation account in Genesis 1, we see God say in Genesis 1:26-27, "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;...So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." We notice that the word for God in these verses is not the singular word for God, "El", but the plural form of the word, "Elohim". We notice the term used, "Us" which shows that Father, Son, and Spirit, all God, Co-creators, were experiencing intimate fellowship with one another before the earth was created. That is why we were created, that is the meaning of life. As God's personal creations, not part of some machine, we were created in His image so that we can share and have the capacity for a close, personal fellowship with Him. Our intimacy with God is His highest priority and purpose for our lives, which is why the depth of our relationship with Him will always determine the impact of our lives. One of our greatest needs to know deep down in our hearts is that we are loved and that someone cares for us. God personally designed each of us to make us know that He loves each one of us with an intensity too deep for words. When we sin, which we do daily, we often wonder what we can do to facilitate God's love again. That's where we miss it, His love is unconditional, unlike the world's love, and nothing that we do can make Him love us any more than He already does. We see what this fellowship between us and God can look like in Genesis 2:25, "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." The intimate fellowship that God has within the Godhead along with the fellowship He has with us, He wanted to occur also between us on earth. We read in Genesis 2:20, 23, "... But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him...And Adam said (once he saw Eve): "This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

Why do we fail in achieving this perfect intimate fellowship with Him and each other? Sin enters the world in Genesis 3. If we want to experience His love we need to willingly surrender to His calling and call Him Savior, Lord and Friend. The main reason why people are unwilling to surrender and enjoy this intimate fellowship is pride. People feel they know better than God and can handle their lives better then Him. Many will not surrender because they mistakenly believe that God is some cosmic killjoy. They mistakenly feel they will have to give up things they need for their happiness, not understanding that what they really need is Him, not some thing which will never last. Many choose not to surrender, because they have believed Satan's lie that God is harsh, unforgiving and a God of wrath. Others just choose to not believe in the existence of God at all. Once we realize that God didn't just create man in some generic sense back in Genesis 1, but personally created each and every one of us, this beautiful loving fellowship that He wants for us is possible. David acknowledged this in Psalm 139:13-14, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Knowing that we are personally made, we read In Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." We also read in Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" God offers it and desires our intimate fellowship. It is available daily and whenever we want. All we have to do is lose ourselves and surrender our pride so that we can experience something so much better.

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Marj Lancaster