The Book of Genesis details how God created the heavens and the earth.

The earth was formless, empty and dark and God brought light, separated the land and the water and brought forth vegetation. God also made two great lights. The greater light to govern the day and the lesser light the night. God also created living creatures of all kinds. By the power of His word, God spoke all this into being.

God took a different approach when he created man. God made man in his image and likeness. God also gave man the responsibility to rule over His creation. The only limitation God placed on man was he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

When Adam violated this command, God changed the natural order of things, exchanging order and harmony for dysfunction and chaos. Make no mistake: This is Godís universe ó Man is still responsible for ruling over Godís creation, but this is a creation far removed from Godís original plan. We now deal with sickness and death, drought and flood, heat and cold. For all practical purposes, we appear to be a society that is broken. Our very fabric seems to hang from day to day in fear of some individual murdering innocent people.

So what has happened? Man is finding out we have created something we canít control. We thought education and technology would be the solution to the problem. But all we have done is enabled the small-time thief to rob corporations and banks instead of businesses and individuals.

We thought social welfare would provide a solution. Instead, it has created not only political gridlock over special interest groups at the government level, but social apathy and despair at the individual level. We have shipped industry over the border or overseas and introduced our work force to jobs in the service industry. True entrepreneurship has been replaced by executives with get-rich schemes at everyoneís expense but their own. In the past few years, we have witnessed bailouts, buyouts and bankruptcy at levels no one ever dreamed of. †

So where is God in all of this? Is he as confused and lost as we are?

No, God is a sovereign God, in control of everything. Man merely is playing a role, working out Godís plan in Godís time.

In Revelation 21:5, God says, regarding a new heaven and a new earth, ďI am making everything newĒ. Initially that causes me to despair, but after pause for thought, allowing God to determine what is good and bad is better than deciding that for myself. After all, is God to blame for the mess we are in?