Even the most selfish person realizes that there must be some greater cause, some "greater good" that supersedes themselves. Nonetheless, people set up elaborate stories for themselves to explain their existence. Darwinian evolution is one of the most powerful stories that has been set up in the past century to explain human life. I had to laugh when I heard atheistic evolutionists describing the amazing structures and functions of a giraffe, and accidentally saying it has been "amazingly designed"! "Designed"? The evolutionists laughed at the comment, but clearly, we are endowed with a conscience that we have made every attempt to sear. We know something that we won't let ourselves believe. We have a Creator, but if we were to acknowledge Him, we believe we would somehow become less. Less in our own eyes, yes, but in reality, humility is of great worth in the eyes of the Lord. Our greatest fear is to have our self-built kingdom torn down around us, because this is where we have invested our thoughts, time, money, and energy. Yet, the thing we need most of all is to be stripped of our corrupt palace and have our eyes opened to the Eternal Kingdom.
This is the story that I saw woven throughout my study of civilizations and peoples throughout history. We can so often look with blind admiration on human accomplishments, but they have all failed. The promise is empty. The bread of Egypt and Rome has turned to dust. The great towers have crumbled, and what remains serves to memorialize failure. The Parthenon and the Coliseum are great boasts, but the empires that were founded upon them have been washed away. Kingdoms rise and fall. All of them will fall. What then can stand, and upon what can we place our hope? Hope is found in humility. True hope is founded upon the destruction of false hope. We must abandon our trust in ourselves and in human institutions. False idoles must be torn down, and with humble hearts we can then turn to a Saviour who will deliver us from ourselves. He will lift us up on wings like eagles to walk and not faint. He will establish the work of our hands when it is done in the strenght of the Lord and for His glory. This is catacomb Christianity - a perfect trust that puts everything in the arms of the good Shepherd. Hope is not in what is seen, but what is unseen. It is not nullified by death, but fulfilled!
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of sins.