When the world seems to be turning upside down I find myself longing for Home more and more. That longing points us toward the reality of Heaven. It is a longing that every man and woman has, but not every man and woman finds the proper fulfillment. Some choose to try to fill that void with the things of the world, but the world will never satisfy the longing because the longing was created within us by the Creator of all things. I love the way CS Lewis puts it,
A man’s physical hunger does not prove that a man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man’s hunger does prove that he comes from a race which repairs its body by eating and inhabits a world where eatable substance exist. In the same way, though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it is a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will…”
Weight of Glory, pages 32-33
We were created for intimacy with our Creator. Sin caused our grandparents, Adam and Eve, to be cast out of the Garden, but we will one day enter the Garden experience with Him again. G.K. Beale put it like this,
Who will open the way back into God’s tabernacling presence? Are we endlessly condemned to our lives east of Eden? Jesus opens up the way back into God’s presence by the sacrifice of His body (Heb 10:19-20). As a result, the life-giving waters that flowed in Eden now flow in and through those who believe in Jesus, becoming ‘a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ (Jn 4:13-14).
God Dwells Among Us, pages 27-28
As the world turns upside down I long for the One who will turn it right-side-up! As man continues to “exchange the truth about God for a lie” I will continue to focus on the Gospel. As the Whitehouse lights up in rainbow colors and as Facebook profiles join the rainbow parade, I will remember that the rainbow came as a sign from God that He would not destroy the earth again by water. I will remember that the Flood came as a result of God seeing that “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” I will remember that while God promised to never destroy the earth through again by flood–He did not promise never to judge again. Judgment is coming and we must preach the Gospel until He comes.
I will also remember that as with Cain, “Sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you (me), but you (I) must rule over it.” I cannot allow myself to point out the sins of others without crucifying my own sin. I must, in the words of Paul, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” I must remember that I too once walked in darkness and that I was brought into light only by the grace of God. I must show that same grace to those around me because God will give grace to all who call upon me. I must be salt and light because I have no other purpose for being on this planet.