God is often the scapegoat for suffering and affliction.
The number one reason that people seem to refuse to believe in God is because He doesn’t stop the suffering in the world. Or He allows it to happen.
At least this is what is typically stated. It sounds very noble doesn’t it? It beats “I am stiff necked” any day of the week!
But remember, He set man up for success in the garden.
They had just one command and that was to not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Who tempted Adam and Eve? Spoiler: It wasn’t God!
Who made Adam and Eve eat the fruit? Spoiler: It wasn’t God!
God had set them up for a very good life. But His requirement was obedience.
This theme continues on with Israel.
God has them set up for amazing success.
Deuteronomy 28 spells out that Israel’s obedience would secure them the following:
They would be set above all other nations, they would be blessed in the city and the country.
They would prosper in having children, the fruit of their crops, their livestock, their coming and going, defeating their enemies.
If they obeyed God, they basically would be blessed in EVERYTHING.
Later in the chapter, we find that while there would be blessing for obedience, there would be curses for disobedience.
The choice belongs to Israel. Blessing or cursing? Life or death?
If you know Israel’s history, you know which choice they made.
God knew what they would choose even before He laid out the plan.
But because God in His love hates sin and rebellion and the mess that it creates in His creation, He planned further down the road.
All of it points to Christ.
Adam and Eve, Israel, and every human on earth prove time and time again that we will revert to our own will if given a choice.
God knew our human nature is too easily led down the wrong path.
This is why from the beginning of time, He planned on sending His son to die for us.
God doesn’t desire our condemnation but our salvation!
“For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3: