Most of us are unaware of the main cause of the difficulties of life. Thankfully, the Bible has the answer to that question. If you take your Bible and open the book of Genesis, you’ll certainly find a perfect couple living a perfectly easy life. This wonderful life is bestowed upon the humanity by our loving Creator God. Like our parents, the Creator God had a law of love for the benefit of Adam and Eve. Basically, God wanted to test their loyalty to Him. Thus, in Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:2-3, Adam and Eve are commanded to live in accordance with a “food law”. Sadly, they failed to live up to that law, which, in principle, is a summary of the Ten Commandments (Genesis 3:6). Actually, they broke God’s law, thereby becoming sinners, for “everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God” 1 John 3:4 NLT. On top of that, as descendants of Adam and Eve, we all became sinners. It is this very SIN that has brought about the problems and difficulties of life. Here are some of the explicit consequences of Sin:
- As Death was pronounced upon them then (see Genesis 2:17), we all die now (see Romans 5:12);
- Hostility was assured to take place between humanity and the serpent, a symbol of the devil. In fact, we are forever hostile upon each other (see Genesis 3:15).
- Birth pains were pronounced upon the woman. As a matter of fact, we all see this happening on daily basis (Genesis 3:17).
- Suffering, poverty and trouble were pronounced upon man/mankind through his lifetime (see Genesis 3:17-19).
The Solution to Life’s Difficulties
Thankfully, despite all these troubles aforementioned, God gives us hope today. Death, suffering and all kinds of evil will not have the last word in this world. When Adam and Eve sinned, thereby hiding themselves from the Lord among the trees, God mercifully came to look for them. He then called to the lost Adam, “Where are you?” Incidentally, every wrongdoer usually hides oneself from the judge. So did Adam then. Upon hearing the voice of the Lord, though terrified, however, he came out. He was then filled with the hope that the devil would be destroyed as depicted in the hostility pronounced in Genesis 3:15, which is from no other than Jesus Christ.
Hopefully, Sin, akin to Satan, will be put to an end at last. As result, all the trouble–the difficulties, suffering and death altogether–will be no more. Then, we all will live forever in that “wonderful world to come with Jesus Christ.”