by Terry J. Hallock

Nothing Just Happens - Nothing!
Terry J. Hallock
Romans 1:18-20; Psalm 139
June 24, 2001

I. There was a once popular bumper sticker that still expresses a fatalistic view life to which many around us subscribe. Put in less offensive words than those actually used on the bumper sticker, it said, "Stuff happens".

A. That philosophy hinges on two beliefs:

1. That the universe operates like a crapshoot; e.g. random forces accidentally combine to produce unpredictable results.
2. And that we have no control over those forces but can only hope to survive them.

B. For those who believe that life is where "stuff happens" the consequence is that they too often just take that "stuff" lying down.1. Their bodies are attacked and yet they endure the pain in muted silence because "stuff just happens."2. Their finances come under siege and they accept it in quiet frustration and despair because after all "stuff just happens."3. Their families are torn and still they bear it with resignation because "stuff just happens."4. The culture around them morally deteriorates and yet their voices are never raised in protest because "stuff just happens."5. Imprisoned in this belief of a chaotic universe where "stuff just happens" these brothers and sisters move through life constantly overwhelmed by their circumstances and convinced they are powerless to effect them.

II. My brothers and sisters in Christ it doesn't have to be that way for the living Word of God, indeed the very creation visible around us, makes it clear that nothing in this universe just happens - NOTHING!

A. "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God had made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been m ...

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