“And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.” –Revelation 21:2
God created man to live and abide in a garden, but because of sin man ended up in a field. And the field he found himself in was one of thorns and thistles. With sin came a field, and with the field came tears and sweat, and with tears and sweat man ate his bread. And such is the lot of man while he lives in this fallen world.
Throughout my ministry, I have been asked the question repeatedly: Why do bad things happen to good people? To begin with, we should note that none are good, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. I do understand, however, the premise of the question. I suppose they mean to say: Why do bad things happen to those who actively seek to live for God?
The answer, in short, is that man, who now abides in the field is subjected to the fallenness of the world. Your knees could be bowed in prayer and incidentally fall upon the thorn. You could lift your head to glory in praise only to see the dark clouds above. The cosmos is cursed, and thus, it rains on the just and the unjust alike. In the groaning of creation, however, there is a glorious anticipation that our ultimate reconciliation awaits. Then, and only then will there be a new heaven, a new earth, and a new garden for man.
Daily Reading: Nehemiah 1-4
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