One cannot look at the world, even our own country, without exclaiming, “What a mess!” How did it happen? What can we do? Where is there any hope? Today’s devotional will help you answer these questions and act on your answers. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Genesis 1:26-28 (ESV)
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
“Man is not something that came out of some primeval slime, but a creature made in the image of God, given something of the stamp of the eternal Lord of creation, meant to live in communion and correspondence with his creator! But man has fallen into sin, has asserted his own will-power, has said that he is autonomous, that he can arrange his life, that he does not need God, that he does not need God’s direction and God’s Word; that is why the world is in trouble.
“This is what we must tell people… Tell men that they are in their present state because the world has turned its back upon God. That is why this twentieth century is so appalling. It is the century of all centuries that has asserted itself and its own will, and its own understanding over and against God and His truth and His eternal will. We must tell them…very plainly and without any apology that the wrath of God has been revealed from heaven ‘against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men’ (Rom. 1:18)…. One way in which God punishes men is, that He abandons people to themselves [Rom, 1:28]…. God is saying to us, Very well, you said you could live without me; you said you could make a perfect world, without my truth ― get on with it, see what you make of it! And this is what we have made of it: man a creature of lust, self-centered and selfish, fighting all others…. And when you turn to the future it is exactly the same thing: there is no light for the future anywhere except in this Book.” [David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Knowing the Times, (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1989), p. 116-117]