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July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

"How Did It Get So Messed Up?"

“Then I remember something that fills me with hope.  The Lord’s kindness never fails.”  Lamentations 3: 21 – 22a CEV

It shouldn’t surprise you that not everything in this world is good.  Not every person is happy.  Not every place on the whole planet is beautiful.  Evil exists and its impact is devastating.

That means that anyone who takes God seriously has to, at some point, deal with an important question:  How did God let everything get messed up?

The Bible tells us it wasn’t God.  It all started with Adam and didn’t stop there.  Adam’s sin became our sin.  That sin has led to awful consequences for humanity.

For example:

  • Natural disasters and deformities – nature doesn’t act like it should.  Destructive things were not part of God’s plan.
  • Decay and death – no matter how young you are, you’re getting older.  Old parts don’t work as well.  Someday they won’t work at all.
  • Emotional stress and disappointment – Most people will tell you they’re stressed out.  Things disappoint us; we disappoint ourselves.
  • Relational distance and discord – when Adam and Eve sinned not only did they get disconnected from God, but also from each other.  We still struggle with that.
  • Spiritual discontent and darkness – Sin leaves a hole in your heart that nothing can fill.  Pascal called it the God-shaped hole.  As much as we try to fill it with all sorts of things, only God can truly fill that hole.

Where is the hope?  Jeremiah points it out:  “The Lord’s kindness never fails.”  Everything else falls apart.  God doesn’t!

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don