Return to Eden
A devotional thought from Christian George for “Israel”
Nothing in your life is truly static. Even as you read these words, blood is circulating in your veins. Electric currents are zigzagging through your brain. Scientists even tell us that the world is traveling thousands of miles per hour through space. So even when you feel like everything is still, in actuality, you are traveling—and traveling fast.
Humans are wired for forward movement. You and I will spend our lives in the pursuit of that which we idolize. It might be fame or popularity, money or respect. It might be comfort or entertainment, power or prestige. Some people work hard every day just so that at the end of their lives, they will retire with ease. What are you traveling toward today? What holds the attention of your gaze?
Ever since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden, humans have been trying to return. Just as Israel fell into exile because of their idolatry, we too have been exiled in this world. Peter told the Christians living in Asia Minor that they were resident aliens, pilgrims in the world (1 Pet. 2:11).
But we do not travel alone. God also embarked on a pilgrimage. He came down so that we could go up. He entered the wilderness of this world so that you and I could return to Eden. But just like the nation of Israel, we must put God in His proper place in our lives. We have the freedom to say yes to the elevation of Christ in our speech and yes to the elevation of Christ in our actions. For in saying yes to Christ, we are saying yes to life. It is a life that teaches us how to die—and even more, it’s a life that teaches us how to live as though we’ll live again.
Pause and Reflect
• How can viewing life through the lens of exile help us keep our attitudes and actions in check?
• What are some deep, heartfelt longings common to most people? What do these longings teach us about God’s intention when He created us? What are some wrong ways that many people try to fulfill these longings?
• How does the gospel motivate us to say yes to Christ in our words and actions?