Meaningful Life in Mean Days

See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.

–Habakkuk 2:4 NIV 

 

Sunday we continued in the series in Habakkuk “Meaningful Life in Mean Days.” Clouded with the storm debris of sin and brokenness, this world can be a difficult place to live. Regularly we are stung by the bite of our own disobedience. Arising from the depths of sick hearts, we pull from our Lord’s reign bearing the pain of the strain. We see sin and its results pillage humanity. Violence in once safe streets, unthinkable atrocities overseas, divorces, abortions, cancer, car accidents…blech. This world heaves with brokenness. Yearning becomes honesty’s expression. How can this be? Cavernous hearts reverberate “This ought not be!” testifying of eternity. We know, in some creased crevice of the soul, what could be. Imagining a life free of the storm falls well within human imagination, or at least we like to think it does. We know because it was once true. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31a) This is God’s world, God’s work, in God’s universe. He, the Holy and Righteous One, has Creator-rights here and everywhere. He does all things well. God made this world and everything in it good.
 
So what happened? Sin.