Why God Isn’t Fixing Things Yet

I look around at my small corner of the world, and I wonder why God doesn’t just fix the looming darkness and brokeness immediately. Why hasn’t God lifted the curse of “thorns and thistles” (Genesis 3:18) that’s become part of the fabric of life as we know it on our planet? I just stumbled upon a great explanation for this in the book The Emotionally Healthy Church.

We may have been built to engage the earth and to work, but now frustration and failure will be our lot. In essence, the ground will be hard. Thorns and thistles will mark our work. We may reach our goals and accomplish thing, but we will never feel completely satisfied. A sense of restlessness and incompleteness will always accompany our work on earth. In this life all symphonies remain unfinished. Why does God do this? He releases the curse in order to drive us to our knees and to seek Him, to recognize our need for a Savior (Gal. 3:21-25). The problem is rather than be broken by the thorns and thistles of life [and then choose to seek God] we either flee, fight, or hide. – Pete Scazzero

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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One Response to Why God Isn’t Fixing Things Yet

  1. Quote: The problem is rather than be broken by the thorns and thistles of life [and then choose to seek God] we either flee, fight, or hide. – Pete Scazzero

    Then what does it look for me/us to stay put, rather than flee? For me it has always seemed so much easier to run away. What does it look like to have our hearts softened by the grace of God that leads to a total surrender into His care and providence rather than fight like an angry two year old? What does it look like to step forward into the brilliant light of Christ all dirty and sullied by sin and say, “Here I am Lord?”

    That’s what I’m trying to figure out as I plod along through life.

    Love the thought provoking post Andy!

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