Made For Perfection
Do you ever get frustrated with the flaws of this life; the flaws of this world? I mean, do you ever long for things to go perfectly or for your performance to be perfect? Do you long to live in a house that never gets messed up or dirty? Wouldn’t we all want to drive cars that never need to be washed or repaired? And who wouldn’t want hair that always behaved the way you wanted it to? Whether we admit it or not, we would all prefer things to be that way because mankind was created for perfection.
When God created Adam and Eve, life was perfect. There was no sin. God gave them a perfect life in a perfect garden. There were no flaws, no imperfections- only beauty, peace and contentment… until the enemy snuck in. God had given Adam dominion and authority over the garden, so it was up to him to keep intruders out (Genesis 2:15). Adam failed in this, and the devil tempted man to turn from obedience to God and obey him instead. Immediately upon disobeying God and eating of the fruit that was not to be eaten, sin entered the world and perfection was gone. And things were never the same again.
Deep down, we all desire a perfect existence. We want a life free from pain, fear, hardship. It is the heart cry of mankind to get back to life in the Garden of Eden. But mostly, man’s heart longs to regain a perfect relationship with a perfect God. God wanted it more than we do, so He made a way for us to have fellowship with Him once again by sending Jesus to pay the price for sin. However, we still live in a fallen, sin-filled world, far from perfect. But the Word says that will be fixed too.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:1-7 (New International Version, NIV)
So, the next time you get frustrated or discouraged by the problems of this life and its imperfections, remind yourself that it will all be made right. Be encouraged child of God- perfection will return and we will return to perfection. And things will actually be better than they would have been if mankind never fell. Hallelujah!