Death by Cocoa

Russell Minick 0 Comments

Death by chocolate. There are worse ways to go, but it doesn’t seem like it when you have taken something you once loved and foolishly misused it until it makes you sick to even see it. That is the nature of sin. Everything God created is good, but the world I live in is awash with evil. Where did all the bad come from?

Good creation is from the Creator. But creation separated from the Creator and his purpose is no longer good.

 Romans 1:18-25 (ESV)

 18For(A) the wrath of God(B) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be(C) known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature,(D) have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they(E) became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22(F) Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and(G) exchanged the glory of(H) the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

 24Therefore(I) God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to(J) the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for(K) a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,(L) who is blessed forever! Amen.

Today I choose to admit that the good of God is absent because of the abandonment of God by creation (like me). I have chosen to use my will, my spirit, my mind and body for my own purposes. I have chased desires of enjoying God’s goodness without reference to God, and it did not work. I am using Tuesday’s as a time of confession and repentance, a time of fasting and grieving over a world that has gone wrong. Wednesday is the day when God’s goodness clashes with creation’s corruption. Will it be good news?

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