Savoring Summer #11: Wild Columbine

IMG_5350 edit“If by the one man [Adam]’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

I have occasionally thought that it doesn’t seem quite “fair” that we all, without exception, have to suffer for Great-Grandfather Adam’s bite out of an apple. 

But is it “fair” that God had to send His only begotten Son to buy redemption for Adam and his entire family with His own life?  No, Adam had very “fair” warning (“you shall surely die”), but even after daily in-person face-to-face walks and talks with God (can you even imagine?!), he still chose to disbelieve his Creator. 

What probably would have been “fair” would have been for God to completely abandon Adam’s race to their deliberate and foolish choice and start again with an entirely new race on a different planet.  Why shouldn’t the Master Artist toss out a project that failed due to willfully flawed material and move on to other, better things?

But we all know that He didn’t, and that He chose an epic plan of love and redemption instead.  There’s nothing “fair” about that; it’s sheer mercy.  What wondrous love is this, O my soul?!

P.S. See this original post for info about this photo challenge and more about this reading plan I’m using this summer for the book of Romans (and I’d love to have you join in!)!

2 thoughts on “Savoring Summer #11: Wild Columbine

  1. Free will always seems to stump so many people. Give Adam the choice to choose good or evil….would he choose evil every time? or how about don’t give Adam the choice? Then we really are just little robots with no real chance with a true relationship with anyone….hmmmmm. Being a mom of three “almost” adult children, I ask myself if I would want to have children who ALWAYS obeyed me because they had no choice in the matter….it wouldn’t be a real relationship!!! I want their personalities to shine and for them (with my guidance) to choose right from wrong.

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