Why is life so hard? In a word, sin. We were created to walk in a perfect garden with God Himself. Adam and Eve messed all that up. They wanted to be independent of God, they wanted to be gods themselves and they, we paid a horrible price for that independence, separation from God. And we reap the consequences of that fateful decision every day.
Shame became their new self-image and to cover their shame, Adam and Eve made clothes out of tree leaves. Their independent thinking was forcing them to make some very chafing decisions, decisions that would more than rub their skin raw, it rubbed life raw. And, lest we forget, a relatively short time after they were kicked out of Eden, we see brother killing brother (Cain and Abel). Not walking with God brought horrible results, walking alone with every step reminding them that what awaited them ultimately was spiritual and physical death. They walked out of paradise right into hell on earth.
As the children of Adam and Eve we inherit that sinful, independent nature. The proof of original sin is all around us, if you don’t see it, if you haven’t experienced it, you might want to check your pulse.
So, consequentially, man is living where he wasn’t created to live, outside the Garden of Eden, in a sin filled world, without a loving God to walk with.
What then is the answer to man’s dilemma? Simple, turn back to God and start walking with Him. So why don’t we, we think we have all the answers when, in fact, we haven’t got a clue. If we did, we wouldn’t be in this mess to start with. Independence got us into this mess so dependence must be the way out. The rub though is who are we going to depend on, self or something else? Each human has to make that decision and the answers right in front of them but impossible to see until we get our selves out of our line of sight.
Like the one thief on the cross who couldn’t see the Son of God, God in the flesh, right next to him because he couldn’t see past his own pain, so 21st Century man can’t see past his. He knows he’s hurting but he’s not selfless enough to look beyond himself. If he did, like the other thief on the cross, he’d see the Son of Man standing next to him, welcoming him into paradise!