Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Ever been passed up for a promotion? I know how that feels. Happened to me quite recently. We recently had a position open up where I work. Three of us applied. For me, it would have been a serious promotion, but I was passed up for somebody else. It happens. I felt hurt, perhaps even a bit kicked to the side, but it is what it is.
The same is also true of awkward freight. Nobody really wants to deal with oddly shaped freight when it comes to loading a trailer. I have often found that the best way to handle such freight is to simply plan the load around it and load accordingly. Yes, it makes it a bit more difficult to load, but it is what it is. I can only imagine how it must look to whomever it is that must unload the trailer, but that is their job, and it is what it is.
God’s law is the same way. It does not change simply because we don’t like it. We can not argue against it. In fact, we are all guilty of breaking it. It is what it is. There is no denying it. The Bible states in plainly in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Simple truth, you can not live your life without sinning. Then again, neither can I. It is what it is.
This would present a bit of a problem for anyone hoping to get into Paradise. If we are all sinners, that is to say we have all sinned, how can we even hope to get into Paradise? Reminds me of an old question that some non-believers use to enjoy using to attack Christians. It simply says “If God is love, then how can he send anyone to Hell?”. The question, can be a faith killer for some Christians. However, it is possible to turn the tables on this question. The response that I like to give is: “If God is just, then how can he allow anyone into Paradise?”. Simple truth, if all have sinned, then he can’t allow anyone into Paradise. It is what it is. Or is it?
Just like planning a load to work with an awkward piece of freight, God already had a plan to deal with sin. In Genesis 3:15, shortly after the fall of man, God gives the first prophecy regarding the coming Christ. He says “he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Yes, the messiah was going to suffer pain because of the sin of Adam. It is what is. The first prophecy gave the first clue to God’s plan to save humanity from the curse of sin.
Some may try to accuse God of being unfair in that he knew humanity would blow it and need a savior. However, God did not cause our sin. No. When we warn a child of the danger of touching the burner on a hot stove, we did not force the child to touch it. We simply told them what would happen. In much the same way, God warned us of what would happen when we sinned. He didn’t force us to sin, but he knew full well the consequences. It is what is.
As we enter into the Lenten season, we enter into a time of prayer and contemplation. It is a time to look back upon our history as a race, at the sin of Adam. It is a time to look upon the cross where Christ did take upon himself the full punishment for our sins. He who was innocent of all sin took the wrath of God for our sins, dying so that we could live in Paradise. That was God’s plan. It is what it is.
Nobody liked to be accused of sin anymore than they like loading awkward freight. Indeed, I think I would prefer loading awkward freight to being called a sinner. However, I am a sinner. It is what it is. I can not change that. However, I can be forgiven. That is why Jesus died upon the cross. So we can be forgiven. However, his death is not the end of the story, no matter how many pictures you see on facebook saying otherwise. The real end of the story is his coming reign over all of creation as the King of Kings.
Until that time, we live in a fallen world. Maybe we have to deal with situations we don’t like. Perhaps it will be a missed promotion or an awkward situation with freight. However, regardless of what we may face, God is there with us. He has, because of Christ Jesus, forgiven us. As such, we should strive to live without sin, but confessing and seeking forgiveness when we do. It is what is. Nothing more.