I look around and I see disorder. I see the divorce rate getting higher and higher. I see unfaithfulness and promiscuity get more and more popular. I see children disrespecting their parents. I see parents abandoning their children and letting the government have them. I see newer and rarer diseases being found. I see people killing their neighbor and think nothing of it. I see same sex marriages and their growing acceptance. I see mothers killing their unborn child and get no reprobation for it. I see corruption in our government. I see dishonesty. I see political slavery. I see people losing control of themselves. I see people being unhappy because they are ashamed of what they do or what they’ve become. I see people lost, wondering what to do. I see people in search of something unknown to them. I see people in need of God.
Let’s face it, this is not how we were meant to live. In fact, we are not living! We are dead and buried in a dark tomb (Eph 2:1-3). We cannot see where we are going and we don’t know where we are supposed to be. Something is wrong, very wrong!
A long time ago, in the Garden of Eden, the human race was created (Gen 1:26,27; 2:7-8). We were created to live alongside our Father God in paradise – in the light. There we would be always taken care of. No diseases, no hatred, no dishonesty, and no fleshly lust. But, a murderer took our lives by using deceit and by introducing disobedience. We were then taken from paradise, from the light, and buried in this bottomless pit we call earth (Gen 3). No wonder we are uneasy and feel lost. We are without our Father! We don’t know who we are, what we are doing or why we are here. We’re just living our lives clueless (Jer 50:6).
We want to do right, but we keep messing up (Rom 7:14-15)! Selfishness, envy, jealousy, pride and hatred take over us (Gal 5:19-21). The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41). Are we slaves to sin? Why do we keep doing things we know we shouldn’t? How do we beat this flesh that has us imprisoned and how do we get back home to our Father? Well, the bad news is that we cannot get ourselves out of this predicament we got ourselves into. The good news is that our loving and merciful Father sent someone to save us. Yes, He had to die too, in order to go into the grave Himself and get us out. He has beaten death and is now showing us the way back to the Father; back to paradise where we can eat the fruit of the tree of life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23).
Thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead (Matt 27:52-53; Rom 6:4-5)! Follow Him. Follow Jesus – our Savior.