“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:1
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” ~ Job 38:4-7
This week (already!) I seem to be struggling with the fact that the world is not a neat, tidy place. All around us is evidence of the destruction that finds its root at the fall of man and it seems the world has been spiraling out of control ever since. As an analytical person at heart, I rail against the fact that I simply cannot make sense of everything that has happened in my life. In a world where cause really leads only to effect, a good person like my husband would not be snatched away by the clutches of a horrible disease.
My little boy is also reminding me that sometimes there are things I just cannot control. If he doesn’t want to eat his rice cereal, he doesn’t – and very messily, too. He learned to blow spit bubbles a few days ago, and delights in the tremendous mess it makes with a mouth full of food. While I have to laugh at his mealtime antics, the more serious things in life leave me grappling with the ugliness of a sinful world.
Because as we know, the cause of sin lead to the effect of death, and the turmoil that has followed ever since has left in its wake devastation that will only be resolved when Christ comes back. I find that a weight that is hard to deal with sometimes, because as a human I want to believe that good things happen to good people. Yet time and again, we see that being a faithful follower of Christ is more likely to make you a target of the enemy and to earn you the world’s hatred, as Jesus promised us it would. You cannot expect for a fallen world to be enamored with a Presence that it doesn’t understand.
However, when I feel like things are hopeless, it is then I remember that God has set Himself as my constant through the tumultuous storms of life. He created the world and set the planets on their courses – and, as He reminded Job, was present when the foundations of the world were set in place. God is my cornerstone and without Him the building of my life will not be able to weather the tempests that come. My prayer for you today is that you will also be able to find sanctuary in the stability of God’s presence, for everything you have to face.