Today I have been thinking a lot about the wrecked state that the world is in. Brian and I have talked about eating a lot more fruits and vegetables, leaning towards a primarily vegetarian lifestyle because of the benefits of veggies, and the numerous reports about the harm of growth-enhancers, etc, that are found in meats. Then we read about dairy proteins being linked to a high percentage of cancers. We’ve also talked about eating more organic foods because of the pesticides that are sprayed on everything (pesticides that genetically alter the DNA of plants…which is exactly what cancer does in humans…so it only makes sense that organic is the way to go). Then we look at the prices of all of that stuff, and it’s overwhelming. And then there are weeks, or seasons, like these past few where we see cities (Joplin) and states (Alabama) and countries (Japan) being absolutely obliterated by natural disasters. And then hear story after story of people getting cancer, or AIDS, or becoming orphans or widows. We hear of marriages being destroyed, people being sold as sex slaves, babies being innocently killed before birth, and masses that are becoming addicted to anything and everything they can lay hands on.
Is there any hope? Are we all just going to die and suffer? Is that all there is to this world??? Why even try to survive?
And then I remember my favorite chapter in the Bible…Romans 8. It talks about this very thing. (Apparently I’m not the only one who has pondered these things)
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
This is the Gospel, at it’s finest, being lived out in our every day lives: That Jesus will restore and redeem all of Creation, which is currently broken by sin, back to the way that He originally intended Creation to be.
THAT IS WHERE I FIND MY HOPE.