An ever present help
The world around us is dark indeed. We struggle to understand the terrible things we see everyday. We are outraged by the depravity we see in the news, and we speak out, and create hash tags, and spend months covering it on the “news”. In our own lives, we feel alone, fear poverty, rejection, and illness.
None of this is God’s design, none of it is OK. The trouble is, we fail to see the simple answer. We look to scholars, and leaders, and speakers to tell us how to fix all this. We create special investigative committees, hold congressional hearings, international conferences, and before anything gets better, a new atrocity crops up and we all move on.
Let’s look at a few topics of late:
Sexual Misconduct – we seek to create pleasure for ourselves
Identity Theft – we seek to have what we do not
Mass shootings – we feel oppressed by those in power
Opioid Epidemic – we seek to create pleasure/comfort for ourselves
Internet Hacking/Election interference – We seek to have power over others
Everything I see here leads me to Genesis 3. Man sought to be like God, to have pleasure through his own means, to have power of his own, to make his own decisions…To walk by his own light as Isaiah warned against several years later.
When we look back on Genesis, we see perfection, no illness, no pain, everything provided by God. Abundant food, abundant peace, beauty, comfort, joy…just don’t eat from this tree…one rule…just one…and a weak human spirit, so easily tempted by the enemy…”Dude…He’s controlling you!, He’s keeping things from you! Doesn’t that look better than what you have? Comon…eat it! YOU have control of your life! This could all be yours!”
Greed says it all…we want.
The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians said this;
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
reiterating Job’s Observation:
“As I have Observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it. At the breath of God they are destroyed.”
As I see it, and I do, in black and white in the Word that was with God in the beginning, and the Word that Was God, we should trust in Him. In ALL THINGS Trust in HIM. He is faithful, He is merciful, He is benevolent, He is glorious, He is a provider, a comforter, a healer.
Proverbs 3 states:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
If we can Trust as the Word teaches us to trust, all fear is gone, all loneliness, rejection, illness…and we are left with peace, joy, and love…as He meant it to be.
So let us not walk by our own light…lest we lay in torment.