The Bible introduces God as the creator of all things and tells us when he finished creating it was all “very good” (Genesis 1:31). A question that comes to my mind at this point is: What is my role in all this? Or how do I relate to such a being? What does God want from me? God chose from the very beginning how he would relate to the human beings he created.
God has always set up the relationship like this: God makes promises and gives instructions. Our part is to believe his promises and follow his instructions. Even way back in the garden of Eden God gave Adam and Eve instructions about tending the garden and what they were permitted to eat. The promise was they would not die if they followed his instructions. They did not follow God’s instructions and the consequences reverberate through time.This pattern is even more clearly seen in God’s dealings with Abraham. After years and years of mankind wandering away from God we see in Genesis 12:1 God telling Abraham to leave his home and go “to the land I will show you”. God promised that Abraham’s descendants would own that land, become a great nation and through his seed the whole world would be blessed. This promise was hard to believe because Abraham was an old man with no children.
Abraham followed God’s instructions, this tells us that Abraham believed God (Genesis 15:6). And of course God made good on every one of his promises and the whole world is blessed because of this. This pattern is repeated over and over and over again and both good and bad examples abound in God’s Word. You can read it for yourself. You have to read this for yourself. It’s hard for me to do this concept justice.
Belief is the key, obedience is the indicator.