If we go back to the beginning of the Bible we discover
that the couple who were made to enjoy God's perfect world were kicked out of
his garden. Because they said "No" to God, He let them get on with
their own lives.
And what a mess they and we have made of
Here are some of the consequences of sin in our own lives:
Stress is caused by our
inability to control our world. We may think we have become masters of
managing stress, but it is with us all the time. It may result in physical,
mental or emotional illness.
Unattainable goals. The
human heart longs for perfection — but it eludes us, particularly in the
area of human relationships.
Unfocussed activity. Most
of us spend a considerable amount of our time wanting to be productive and
creative, but in practice feeling as if we are chasing our tails.
For everything in the world... the
cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has
and does... comes not from the Father but from the world.6
The frustration we experience is partly a result of our
sin-spoiled minds, bodies and emotions. But it is also part of God's judgment on this world. Arrogant men thought they could get to God by building a tower
championing human achievement. God frustrated their plans.7
The final judgment on sin is death; SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL.
The problem is, not that we are out of touch with ourselves,
rather guilt and sin have put us out of sync with our maker.
If God won't let us WORK our way back to him
— is there any hope for
frustrated human beings?