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The Edmund Fitzgerald (A brief break from Picture Hanging) and the Good News

Recently our 3 year old son has been captivated with the Great Lakes ships that commonly visit our port city of Duluth.  But recently it’s particularly the Edmund Fitzgerald that his mind is set on as he’s seen some pictures of it in his boat book that he regularly looks at.  We decided to play Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and told him that the song is all about the Edmund Fitzgerald.  He (our son) knows that it sunk, but he frequently asks us (he has a view which allows him to see all the boats come in and out of the harbor) if the “Edmund Fitzgerald is going to be coming through the lift bridge (Aerial Lift Bridge)”.  The combination of our son’s question and a line in Gordon’s song which asks “Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours” put a deep sorrow in my heart towards the crew (and family members) that was lost that night and only wish it were true that the next boat would be the Edmund Fitzgerald coming into our view as the next boat that salutes the lift bridge operator.  This also compelled me to attempt to answer Gordon’s question of “where does the love of God go when (fill in the blank)?”

God created us to have a relationship with us, but he did not want robots, so He gave us volition to make decisions for ourselves.  For those of you who have children it can be thought of in this manner:  would you want a robot in place of your child?  Certainly not.

There are two basic results of volition:  good decisions and poor decisions. Poor decisions would be called missing the mark of Gods (not mans) perfect standards, also known as sin (God gave us a very, very, small list called the 10 commandments to simply show us that we all have missed His perfect standard).

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”  Romans 3:10-12 and,

 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law,that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:19-20

God is a perfect gentleman and allows us to make either decision.  On the other hand, God Himself makes 100% perfect decisions, 100% of the time with no error.  Unfortunately, with the two first created beings, they missed the mark of God’s perfect standard and as a result died both spiritually (instant) and physically (at a later point in time) and that one decision resulted in separation from God that passed on to all mankind.  All the bad in this world is a result from that one decision.  One may ask, “why do we suffer for someone else’s decision centuries ago?”  God be thanked that He has a perfect answer and a perfect solution for us as He is the definition of divine love and God loves each one of us more than the world combined could ever love us.  Who loves each one of us the most?  God does.  He created us.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

God loves our son more than the world combined including ourselves.  God loves the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald more than the world combined.  Could God have stopped the Edmund Fitzgerald from sinking (or fill in the blank from your own life)?  Yes.  But He allowed the event to happen for His perfect will.. “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4

Since God wants a relationship with us He offers all of us life with Him forevermore in His presence for eternity completely apart from sin (and all the bad things we go through) with all of His blessings such as joy, peace, comfort, etc as a free gift through his Son Jesus Christ.

 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

To further exemplify Gods love toward everybody (no matter the person, situation, event, etc):

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

It was asked once (probably more than once since then) by a Philippian jailor….

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:30-31

God wants us to make a good choice about what and who Jesus Christ is to us and what He did on our behalf.  He died for our sins and nailed the handwriting of requirements that were contrary to us to His cross that anyone who believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (with God and His blessings for eternity) as opposed to eternal death (separated from God and His blessings for eternity). Not only that, but He seals the believer in Christ with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance which is eternal life and that seal cannot be broken, nor as a believer in Christ, can we fall out of the hands of God.

“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37.:24

and,

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

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