God’s Resistance to Sin and Offer of Salvation
When God cursed the earth, He made it more difficult for man to fulfill His commands to “…be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over … every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) God shortened the lives he had given to Adam and Eve, but did not snuff them out. God created thorns and made the ground more difficult for Adam to work, but it was not impossible for him to get his food. God gave Eve great pain in childbirth, but she could still have children.
He did all of this because His holiness demands that He not bless and assist man’s wicked and sinful rebellion in any way – yet His grace and mercy plead for patience and second chances. He permits sin to exist on the Earth for a short season, not because he approves of sin but because the alternative would be to destroy the world.
Yet, “scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ … But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:3-4,8-9)
Repent therefore, and turn to the Lord that your sins may be blotted out and your name added to the Lamb’s book of life. Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for us, that we might be made righteous through Him. “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)