The Fall, the Cross and the Second Coming
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.” ~ Ps.
Life is a series of
events and experiences. We are
born, we grow, we learn things, we cultivate relationships, we try to figure out
what we want to do and who we are, and eventually we die.
In school we are
taught about a variety of things that are supposed to help us in life. We learn to read, learn how to
communicate, learn about history and math and how to get along with others, or
avoid being hurt by them. But
never do they answer the deeper questions of meaning. Schools do well at
showing young people how messed up the world is, but where are the answers?
Likewise, the media feeds us yet more news that tends to
make us uneasy, confounded, disturbed and often feel powerless.
self-evident that we live in a world that is not the way it is supposed to
be. News stories of catastrophes
and of violence in our communities can make us anxious or sad. Tsunamis,
hurricanes, threats of terror or nuclear holocaust can deeply unsettle us. Schools and the media excel at showing
us things to be afraid of.
Add into this mix the politicizing of every facet of life so
that people don’t even know where to shop any more, or whether it’s right or
wrong to have a pet, and you have a very complicated world.
Yes, when you are
out there alone, trying to figure it all out, life is confusing. We need help explaining the way things
are. Praise God for having provided light to shine into our darkness. Praise God for the Scriptures, His Word,
by which we have been given an understanding of our world and our
For me, the Bible is a bedrock that has reliably helped me get my bearings for the whole of my adult life. I may not be certain of all the particulars, but there are three truths that I am certain of which would help almost anyone who is lost in the confusion of mixed messages which get thrown at us every day. These three truths are as follows.
I realize this may
sound overly simplistic to some, but when you look at any fact of history, or
any problem in life, these three truths bring light and understanding to the
problem. These are three very powerful truths.
What’s wonderful is
that these are not the only truths in Scripture. I mention them here because they have
formed a framework for my thinking that has sustained me for a lifetime. There are, of course, so many other treasures
in God’s Word that have helped me, encouraged me, comforted me and instructed me
over the years.
May you ever
continue to be people of the Word.
And when the news is bad, whether distant or near, may you be like David
who wrote, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him…. He is
my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
It’s a broken world,
but our Lord has revealed His mighty arm.
resurrection proved His power over death… and affirmed that His promise to us is
true: He will come again.
“Peace I leave with you… Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not
be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
“I have put my hope in Your
Word.” ~ Ps. 119:81b