Because of Sin

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Romans 8:19-23

This passage tells us that “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”  When God created the world, He created a perfect world.  Nature was in perfect harmony with itself and with the man God created.  Then the man sinned.  That destroyed him and it plunged all mankind into sin.  But the curse of sin didn’t stop there.  It damaged even nature itself.  And nature itself is groaning and struggling, awaiting its deliverance.

The other day, I was looking at some photographs of nature that had been submitted for a photography contest and I came across one that stuck with me.  It was a small young penguin in the water.  If it ended there, it would have been a nice, cute picture.  But just inches from the little penguin, the photographer had captured a leopard seal with mouth agape, getting ready to snatch the penguin out of the water.  I will admit that I felt bad for the penguin.  But then I realized something.  That penguin met a violent end because of sin.

Even nature feels the sting of sin.  When we look around and see all of the suffering in our lives, in the lives of people we see and even in nature, it is the result of sin.  Sin is not a light matter.  It destroys everything it touches, even nature itself.  That is yet another reason to stay as far away from it as we can!

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