Jeremiah 32:17-19 (NLT)
17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! 18 You show unfailing love to thousands, but you also bring the consequences of one generation’s sin upon the next. You are the great and powerful God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 19 You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles. You see the conduct of all people, and you give them what they deserve.
In this prayer from Jeremiah, Jeremiah states some principles of God we should all be reminded of. First the Lord God is sovereign and has authority over all. Second, there is nothing too difficult for God to accomplish. He made the heavens and the earth and therefore has dominion and control of them. Third, His love is unfailing, but the Lord is ready to disciple so that sin does not continue its course one generation after another. Fourth, the Lord is wise, capable of many miracles and He watches over the people allowing their actions to dictate what they deserve; good or bad.
Genesis 1:1&31 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” God created a good world for us. He provided a place where we could fellowship with one another and also fellowship with God himself. It was a perfect place where man had what he needed and could live out his life with all he needed. But then woman and man ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil all that changed. God in his unfailing love had to protect man. In Genesis 3:22-24 it says, “Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” Adam and Eve received what they deserved for their disobedience. And what they received was the love, mercy and grace of God to keep them from living in eternal sin. God offers that same love to us today through Jesus Christ. While we may live in a world corrupted by sin, there is hope of eternal life with God. An abundant and joyful life just as we were meant to have. You might hear people say, if God so loves why does He allow bad things to happen? God gives us choices and by our own hands we receive what we deserve. And sins are passed from generation to generation until one day someone stands against the sin meant to destroy them. May you all stand firmly against sin and pray God will help you overcome the desires of the world.