Don’t you just love fall? There is not a more beautiful time of the year than fall, or autumn. The clean, crisp mornings; the deep blue sky; the refreshing air that helps put a spring in your step. It reminds us that the hot days of summer are past, but the cold days of winter are soon to arrive. It should also remind us that the God who created it all did for two reasons: one is to display His majesty and creative powers. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Never let anyone tell you that things just happened over billions of years. Quite frankly, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Even aside from any faith in God, it is too marvelous and complex to believe it all just happened. A single cell of any living creature is more complex and has more moving parts than anyone can conceive of on their own. You have over 100 billion of these cells in your body, all working together to make you, you.
The other reason that God created all things was for our pleasure and benefit. The atmosphere is perfect for life; the sun is just exactly where it needs to be for life to thrive on earth. Gravity, if it were the tiniest bit heavier or lighter would not allow for life to exist on earth as we know it. The resources we need to live — water, wood, coal, iron, clay for pottery, etc. were all put here for our use and benefit. It’s a wonderful place designed created and sustained for human benefit.
God also gave us something else of even more benefit to us: His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He not only died for our sins so we could spend eternity with Him, but He gives us hope in this life. Things are not always easy here. There is sickness and death; there is fear and uncertainty; there are hardships of all kinds. Life is not always easy, but Jesus said these words: “In this world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” I don’t know a single person who does not have trouble of some kind — the aches and pains of old age; financial uncertainty; addiction of loved ones; broken and hurting relationships. These and others plague us all at one time or another. But there is one hope that we can all share: Jesus knows all about our struggles. And He cares. He knows all things, sees all things, has all resources and the power to use them. That doesn’t mean He always comes to our rescue in the way that we want Him to; He’s not a genie in a bottle. But when you think there is no way, God can make a way. He will, you know, if you ask Him in Jesus name, believing that He wants what is best for you. It may mean you’ve got to get up and get going to take care of your own responsibilities, but He is available to all who come to Him by faith.
God demonstrates His love for us by creating all things for us, and in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. In doing so, He opened up the way for us to have hope in this life, and a hope for the life to come.
Rev. Tim Secrist is pastor of the Crooked Creek Church of Christ and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association. He can be reached at 304-752-3957 or by email at [email protected]