It is the great Lord God, who gives us life and sustains us in life, who ultimately will win the victory over evil. It is the great Lord God who is the Source of our hope. In his letter to the Christian communities of Asia Minor, the Apostle Peter wrote, “You were straying like sheep” (1 Pt. 2:25). This is one of the great Biblical images used to describe the problems we create when we cut ourselves off from the Source of hope. When we refuse to let God be God, and try to take things into our own hands, our lives have no direction. We drift aimlessly, like straying sheep. In the Easter portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” there is a great chorus:
All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, everyone, to his own way.
This desire to take the controls out of God’s hands and put them into ours, the Bible calls sin. And it is the source of…
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