Thursday, January 19, 2017

Earth Groans

Romans 8:19-22 NKJV -  19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
    I would like to look at verse 22 of this passage, where it reads "the whole creation groans."  When God created this earth, it was filled with grass, trees, and plants, just like the Garden of Eden.  God wanted the earth to be like the way he made it.  Because of Adam & Eve's disobedience the earth was changed for ever.
     The time after Adam & Eve man started to grow and think, and they started to build.  They build towns and cities, where they could live and take care of them selves.  This type of living went on for about 1800 years, when God told Noah to build an ark to live in during a time of judgment on the people of the earth.  After the flood, God said to himself he would no longer judge the earth by one major flood.
    In Genesis 11:1-9, God had to judge his people again.  This time it was at the tower of Babel, where all the people of the earth wanted to build a tower to reach into the sky.  God had to destroy the tower and scatter his people so they would not join together to build another tower.
    Since the fall of man, humans have tried to civilize God's creations.  The definition of civilize comes from reads "to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine.  Let's look at some ways man has tried to refine other men.  They started by building towns with wooden structures, using trees as lumber, and digging up dirt for a foundation to put the trees to make the structures.  They also used some of the trees for paper to write instructions on during the civilization processes.  Man also blew up mountains for roadways to drive on.  Man has built tall building to help in the process of becoming a civilized state.  Man has also used other men as slaves to do all of the dirty work in there civilized state. 
    I can see why God's creations groan, for as much stuff that was done in the name of civilization, something bad had to happen to this land, or the people on the land to make civilization work.  Civilization is not a pretty picture to God when he looks down on his creations.
    In closing I would like to look at the road of life.  A person starts walking down a narrow road, he comes to a "Y" in the road, by choosing the left you go down a wider road called civilization and death.  If you go to the right at the "Y" you will go down a long narrow road, that ends in life for you and anyone that goes down that road.  I could only speak for myself, but I would choose the right road to a better life with God.

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