MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
“You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.”
Hebrews 2:7-8 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO HELP US BY TAKING CONTROL
On June 17, 2002 Federal authorities arrested a United States Forest Service employee for starting, what at the time was, the largest fire in Colorado’s history. Terry Barton was a 38-year-old woman and had worked every summer for the Forest Service for over 18 years. She had ventured into the forest to burn a letter from her estranged husband. Yet, because of dry conditions in the Pike National Forest, she was unable to extinguish the fire as quickly as she had desired and the fire burned out of control. At the time the fire began, Barton was under orders to patrol for fires in the vicinity where she had started the fire. This fire that was to be the largest in the state’s history burning over 130 homes with an estimated total cost of damage ranging anywhere from $27 million to almost $40 million dollars. In this strange juxtaposition of events, Terry Barton who was to prevent fires in the Colorado forest had now begun a fire.
In similar fashion, God wanted Adam to have control over all creation but instead Adam’s sin brought disorder to creation. God’s original plan for man at creation was to “fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen. 1:28). But Hebrews 2:8 reminds us that “at present” we don’t see everything under man’s control. Sometimes it seems like everything is out of control. G. K. Chesterton said, “whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain—man is not what he was meant to be.” (Barclay)
The hope of Hebrews 2:8 is the phrase “not yet.” This reminds us that a time is coming when everything in creation will be under control as God originally intended for it to be. So our hope is to be found in Jesus first and second coming. The first time He came to pay for our sins and the second time He will come and restore order.
Not all disorder is caused by our personal sin, but can you see how the chaos in the world is directly or indirectly related to Adam’s original sin in the garden? Is there an area of your life that you feel is out of control? If that area is related to your own personal sin, ask God for the power to turn from the sin and give that area to Jesus. If it’s not related to sin in your life, ask God for the strength you need to endure.