Listen to Glowreeyah Braimah – Hear Us Today.
If you thought 2016 was going to be a breeze, then you were probably drunk on Breeezy’s Royalty album.
From the beginning of the year, there has been uncertainty especially with the Nigerian economy – and I’m talking about the value of Nigeria’s currency which seems to fall like autumn leaves.
So far, July has definitely been the strangest of months. From the effects of Brexit sinking into the heads of the British, to war against the coloured in America and terrorism in various parts of Europe, not to forget the attempted coup in Turkey! Fingers are clearly pointing to the obvious – yes, the world may be coming to an end.
But then, the famous saying has probably been going around for the past two thousand years. Even a few apostles in the Bible mentioned that they were in the end times. But how long are the end times meant to last then? Oh well, that’s a theory for another day.
Today, I want to talk about why bad things happen to good people… and why good things seem to happen to bad people.
This little assumption can be summarised this way: We live in a fractured creation.
I first came across the words fractured creation while watching the movie, The Encounter and it struck me. Mostly because I had never heard of such a term before. I decided to check it out and I came across some very interesting posts as to why Christians seem to be the unlucky ones in most situations or why a lot of people are born into lives they didn’t choose.
Picture this: A young couple, celebrating their anniversary decide to go out for dinner. They go to a restaurant and everything’s just like every other night. Warm breeze, cool air, starry night.. picture it however you like (I’m not exactly the romantic type) but of course, it’s the perfect night for a proposal. But what happens when a bomb goes off somewhere close by, leaving one wounded and the other dead. An imperfect end to what was supposed to be the perfect beginning
Meanwhile, somewhere in a dark room, a man plots to physically abuse his daughter and eventually gets away with it.
What’s the point?
You see what happened in the first case? They could have been the most perfect Christians or the best sinners but they were in the right place at the wrong time. And the other man? He got away with abusing his daughter and she got no justice, only shame and condemnation.
Where was God through all of this? What happened to “He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways” Psalm 91:10.
The answer comes in Romans 8:20 that says, “creation was condemned to lose its purpose …”(GNT).
Why was creation condemned? Three letters, two beings, one word: Sin.
You see, the world was perfect until sin came in the way, no thanks to our perfect examples of love at first sight, Uncle Adam and Aunt Eve 🙂
The way to a man’s heart is through his belly & a woman really feeds deceit straight to the heart of man. Thanks to the fruit-less exchange between the two, the world seemed to have lost its purpose.
Before-hand, God had total control over everything, but with the entrance of sin, we gave room for other things and so we took that control into our own hands and involuntarily introduced death, thinking we had power over ourselves. But all is vanity, and whatever the devil presents on a platter of gold is only a shadow of the real deal that God has prepared for us.
Today, we see that shadow when earthquakes happen, when babies are born deformed or when those who seek love are persecuted. The control we thought we had has been replaced by fear and condemnation. ‘No one can control the wind or stop his own death” (Ecclesiastes 8:8 NCV). This is just because A & E let sin in. Now the balance of the world is disturbed – nothing makes sense and we can’t find x anymore.
We can’t promise a bed of roses without thorns or a sunny day without a few drops of rain, but we can promise that if you let God continue the picture He began painting at the beginning of time, in the words of Kendrick Lamar – if God got us, then we gon’ be alright.
Think of Romans 8:18 that says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.”