I went for a walk today with a friend out in the beautiful Montana landscape. Bigfork is so beautiful this time of year.
As we walked we talked about all kinds of things, but they all seemed to reflect some of the negative nature of our world. There are so many things that are wrong with our world. So many painful things that should never be done. Even by people of faith.
It’s so true that no one is perfect. It’s true that some pain lasts a lifetime and even after forgiveness, some memories are hurtful.
Why is there rape? Why is there injustice and greed? Why hatred and violence and bad things? Why, if there is an Almighty loving God do these things exist?
The human heart…
People like to joke and blame a lot of things on Adam and Eve and their fall in the garden, but I am certain that any of us, given time would have taken the forbidden fruit. God gave mankind free will. The freedom to choose evil or good. He did not want a robotic type of following from the human race, but one based in love. Adam and Eve had an adversary. He is the same adversary that we have today. He’s cunning and conniving and twists the truth just enough to make it seem delicious, and unfortunately, they fell for it. They chose wrong. They wanted that something more they thought they were missing.
Our hearts are always looking for something more-that delicacy just on the other side of the line. But why does the line exist in the first place??? Safety. God gives us the line to protect us and our hearts. Unfortunately, you, me, everyone has chosen to cross that line. We feel as though we are being robbed by not knowing what’s on the other side of it. So, believing that we deserve better than that, we cross the caution tape and venture forth to the other side. At first, it seems like nothing. Just a lie, just a little cheat…then it becomes more. A little lie is no longer enough to satisfy our craving, a little cheating doesn’t create that feel-good-for-the-moment buzz. We must have more.
That is what sin does. It slowly but surely destroys. Now, maybe you don’t struggle with what people would call the “big” sins- murder, cheating on a spouse, pornography, etc. But, I would submit to you that every sin in our lives is a destroyer. Every sin in our lives drags us farther from God. That makes them all “big.”
The bad things in the world are a result of a fallen human nature. That is why people hurt people, and take advantage of others. That is why there is rape, injustice and greed. We are fallen. Fallen hard.
The temptation is there. Remember Cain and Abel? God said this to Cain BEFORE he killed his brother….
“Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:6)
There it is. Sin is crouching at our door, and it wants us so badly! There is only one way to master sin, only one name that is strong enough to overcome it.
Jesus. He is the only one who has ever truly mastered sin. He withstood it, and did not fall. He conquered it. The only way to stand strong against sin is through Jesus Christ Himself. He is salvation. He is the rescue. He is the mighty fighter.
When we choose Jesus, we are choosing victory and redemption. We still live in a fallen hard world, and we still make mistakes, but through His redeeming love, we have forgiveness, and chances to try again.
Our world will never be perfect, because it will never fully give itself to God. We are too content with the darkness. There will come a day, however, when the Son of God will split the sky open and set all things to right. Then there will be no more rape, no more injustice, no more wrong.
Have you given your heart to Jesus? Do you know that He is the only way to live outside the darkness? Don’t be fooled, giving your life to God does not mean you will be sleeping on a bed of roses every night, and driving a Ferrari every day. It means you have help. You have redemption and you have a home.
Bad things are, for now, a part of our world. But, take heart- Jesus has overcome those things!
You can too.