Have you ever considered why things are so hard? Anyone who has ever tried to grow a garden knows there is a problem. If you want to grow a tomato, you have to plant it, cultivate it, and watch out for disease. You have to keep enough water on it, and keep any pest that might want it away. But to grow dandelions, nope, you don’t have to do a thing. They come up here, there, and everywhere. They are even so kind as to put their seeds into airborne puff balls. One little breeze and the job is done, unending fruit.
It is not only in the garden that there is a problem. There is the matter of dirt. It is everywhere, and nothing that sits around gets cleaner all by itself, even in the rain. Throughout history, even whole cities have been covered by dirt, and dust is a problem. Inside the house, windows closed, dust is there. It just doesn’t seem right.
And then there is the question, why do things die? If we, as we were told in grade school, evolved from some soup, why did we have to evolve with death? I always wondered about that logic.
The truth is something is wrong, and it started way back at the beginning. In Genesis 3, When Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, and gave it to Adam, sin entered in. Because God is Holy, He had to judge sin. So He did, right then and there. Genesis 3:17-19 says, “ Then to Adam He said, ‘because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread. Till you return to the ground. Because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
But we have a merciful God, who didn’t leave us just to die, but came to offer us redemption. He sent His Son to die, and pay the price for our sin, with His own precious Blood. 1 John 1:9, says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In Acts 1:11, it says, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” That is pretty exciting. In Matthew 6, He taught us to pray to the Father “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That is exactly what will happen. In Revelation 20:1-3 it says, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan. And bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released a short time”. Then the world will live in peace, Isaiah 11:6-9, and in Rev. 20:1-3 We see everyone will start out worshipping God during this time. There will be no influence from the devil. Romans 8:18-23 says the curse will be lifted from creation, and animals and the earth will be restored to right relationship with God. Just imagine, no weeds, no death, the ground again yielding itself to the one who plants. No destruction by weather, wind, sea. It sounds so marvelous. Yet this doesn’t scratch the surface of the things God has prepared for them that love Him. Perhaps grass won’t over grow and have to be mowed. That would be nice, and flowers that bloom would never fade.
Yet amazingly after 1000 years in such a world, with lives extended to hundreds of years, and no devil whispering lies to corrupt the innocent, we find out humans just can’t make it on their own. When the devil is released for a short season to test mankind, guess what. Man fails again. Within no time, the devil has amassed an army to come against the Lord. They are quickly judged, and cast into the lake of fire forever.
The new heaven and earth are only for God’s children. He has done everything for us. Stop and think. With just a little consideration, it is easy to see ….what on earth is wrong.