Restless Abiding – 25 May 2014

Published May 24, 2014 by Ray Bell in Next Sunday

Last week we heard of God’s plan and desire to have a people of his own who will abide with him, and he with them. This all began in the Garden of Eden. However, sin, guilt and shame now interrupt this true abiding. Fear and death now loom over us and over all creation. What’s more, we hear with Cain that ‘sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.’

We all know these dynamics in our own lives, and the restlessness that they bring. Is there any hope for true abiding to be restored? Are we able to ‘rule over’ sin which is crouching at the door and ready to seize any and every opportunity it has to deceive and bring death?

As Paul writes, ‘Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ There is hope! There is one who hasĀ ruled over sin, and in him, the promise of entering God’s rest still stands. True abiding can still be enjoyed. And in the restlessness of this age, we wait, in faith and hope, together with all creation, for ‘the freedom of the glory of the children of God’ who abide with him, and he with them.

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