7-11-14 Ideal Worship

At times I think, "Wouldn't it be nice to live in an ideal world - a place where everybody loves me, where everybody drives in a sane manner, where crime is non-existent, where there is no discrimination, where no one suffers with disease, mental illness, sorrow, or loss of any kind. Where no one belittles, berates, bullies and besmirches others." I have found that focusing on how I think things should be - ideal worship - brings on frustration and discontent. Then God reminds me that this ain't heaven.

This world is full of sin and the ugly, painful consequences of it.  Here is the question of the day, "If God is a good God, why does He allow all of this?" Why can't we have the ideal?

God did something different for mankind than He did for the animal world, He gave mankind a choice.  Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, thus sin entered the world - with its consequences and ugliness.  God still gives each of us a choice.  We can choose Him or not. If we choose Him, He gives us the ability to live and thrive in this sinful world.

But why do this in the first place?  Because this way God can exercise His grace.  He could prove how limitless His love is toward us - Jesus died for us, not because we are worthy, but because we need a Savior. Plus, we can appreciate Him more.

If we have chosen Christ, one day we will live in an ideal place - heaven. In the meantime:

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:11-12.

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