“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
We see in Genesis 2:7 that God created man; man did not create himself or evolve from something else. Why is this important? It is important because, if man admits that he is created by God, man is acknowledging that there is something greater than himself to which he is accountable.
Accountability is something which man isn’t fond of by nature. An example of man trying to “pass the buck” on accountability is seen in Genesis 3 after the fall in the garden. We see here the first instance of sin and, God approaching man to deal with that sin. God comes looking for Adam and Eve and He finds them hiding in the garden. He asks them if they ate from the tree they weren’t supposed to have eaten from. The Lord first asks Adam. Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent. So…from the very outset, man isn’t fond of accountability.
Another aspect of accountability is man, by nature, isn’t fond of being told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. We like to do things our own way and in our own timing.
However, we must remember that “there is a way that seems right unto a man but the end of that way is death” in Proverbs 14:12. Fallen man, apart from God’s governance over his life, will choose a path that leads to spiritual death.
Believing that the Lord created me means that I can trust in His way for my life. I can come under His guidance. Proverbs 3:5-7 admonishes us to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
It’s no burden to come under the Lord’s authority. His commands for our life aren’t overbearing. Notice what these verses say:
Matthew 11:28,29, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
As we enter into a new year, let us remember that, as we plot our lives, we belong to the Lord. He created us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3). That being said, we are, therefore, accountable to Him. What a privilege it is to be accountable to the One who formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed his breath into us!
Accountability to God doesn’t bring restriction, but freedom to experience the fullness of God apart from the effects of the fall of man.
If you like, here are some additional scriptures to look up: Isaiah 42:5; 43:7; 44:24; 45:18.
God bless and Happy New Year!
Pastor Allen Wayne