You’re Just Small, Insignificant, and Biodegradable. False!

Do not argue with the forces of nature! For you are small, insignificant, and BIODEGRADABLE!

Life Seems Cruel and Harsh

The goodness of creation can still be seen today, even though life can seem cruel and harsh. It is easy to believe life is a futile power trip, a rat race in which those who don’t get ahead risk being left behind and trampled by the more successful. And yet, it is important to view the world as created and sustained by a good God. It is important to look at the world as created, possessing order and beauty even though it is fallen.

God created all things good (Gen. 1). If you doubt this, review the creation story and see how many times God called his work “good.” His handiwork is still wonderfully seen in the firmaments that declare his faithfulness to all generations (Ps. 19:1–2). The invisible God’s just and good will can be seen in all that is created (Rom. 1:18–20). In his wonderful providence, he upholds all things and sustains all life as a continual gift.

A Theatre of Glory

God created this world as a theatre of his glory. He did this so we might enter upon that stage and declare his works in the midst of the congregation to all generations! As the church father Gregory of Nyssa reminds us,

When you hear that the Divine Majesty is exalted above the heavens, that its glory is inexpressible, its beauty ineffable, and its nature inaccessible, do not despair of ever beholding what you desire. It is indeed within your reach, for your Maker has endowed your nature with this wonderful quality. God has imprinted on it traces of the good things of his own nature, as one impresses a design on wax. (Psalm Inscriptions I.3 [GNO 5:32, 18–19])

His goodness is so great that it cannot be overcome by the evils of this world! His will toward his people is one of ever-giving blessing as the giver of every good gift. This is his unchanging nature toward those that love him (James 1:16–18). He even rains his goodness down on those who reject him, calling them to repentance (Matt. 5:45; Rom. 2:4).

His goodness is seen most perfectly and magnificently in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. Here he turns all things to his good end and purpose, overcoming the futility of this world (Rom. 8:18-ff).

We may be small, insignificant, and biodegradable, but the forces of nature do not control our destiny. God loves us so much that he sent his only begotten Son to die on a cross for our sins. We have a good God who has sent the rain of salvation upon the dry grounds of this world to bring us back to himself, and his good providence will one day turn darkness into light.

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Timothy W. Massaro

Timothy Massaro has written for Core Christianity, Modern Reformation, and other publications. He oversees the Christian Education ministry at Resurrection PCA in San Diego and serves as a hospice chaplain. He has an affinity for all things J.R.R. Tolkien (except the movies) and has interests in the intersections of philosophy and theology. His biggest prayer is that the gospel in all its beauty might re-kindle a wonder and joy of God’s goodness in our hearts and that our lives might adorn the gospel. Connect with Timothy on Twitter @word_water_wine.‚Äč

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