People talk about the earth and inhabitants like they’re circling the drain. They approach each other with gloves of distrust. Keeping to themselves like scared and tired survivors. They gather people like assets and remove them like liabilities. Apocalyptic and fear driven, they act like we’ve been abandoned under a fading sun in a God-deprived world.
But, that’s not how I see us.
The earth and inhabitants are carrying restraints nailed down to nothing. Wearing prison garb like it’s the style. Convicts who don’t know they’re free believe in impending doom because it’s an idea that makes the most sense. It’s a belief that protects them from disappointment. I see people who hide themselves out of fear of not being loved. The sun rises and they shield their eyes. God, always present, speaks unending love and they bury the messenger.
“Hope is dangerous,” they say. “That kind of message makes people walk around like they’re free.” What control will they have then?
Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction. -Psalm 33:5 MSG
Earth, pre-Jesus even, was drenched. Full of “steadfast love.”
He loves you. He hasn’t made a mistake. He hasn’t lost His cause. You are His cause and He hasn’t lost you.
The sun rises. Open your shades.