When I survey the nature of the world around me, I am overcome with a sense of awe. The complex nature of the creation should instill a deep sense of humility in our hearts. I fully empathize with the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 8:3-4 when I ponder the provisions of God for a lowly creature like me.
What is man that God considers him, let alone that He made him “a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor” (Ps. 8:5). The buildup of this passage continues as we learn that man was intended to sit at the pinnacle of God’s creation.
The reason for this may be found in the creation account as we learn the identifying mark that places man above the whole earth. In Genesis 1:26-27, we learn that man was made to reflect the image of God. This distinction is the sole reason man was given dominion over the rest of the earth.
However, man soon became dissatisfied with their position atop the created world, and they sought to be on par with the one who created them. Pride truly does go before destruction (Prov. 16:18). The result was a fall into sin that would bring death upon all subsequent generations. But the wonders of the goodness of God would not be thwarted by such as this.
No, from before time began, God already had a plan to restore man to his position of honor and fellowship with Him. This was at tremendous cost to Himself. Yes even in the process of doling out the curse on the sinful ones and the tempter, God foretold of a plan that would redeem the penitent to Him and destroy the one who was responsible for the fall (Gen. 3:15).
In Titus 2:11-14, we learn that the grace of God indeed appeared to all men with the power to transform our lives and enable us to become what we were always intended to be, “a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” The rest is up to us!