So Good Things Can Run Wild

So Good Things Can Run Wild

Everything God creates is good (Genesis 1:31).

We Are Out of Sync

But we must take this in large measure on faith because under the curse of the Fall, our fallen perceptions often don’t see it and our fallen natures often don’t believe it. We are disordered and pathologically self-centered. We are out of sync.

The only things fallen humans tend to believe are those that sate our appetites, increase our personal prestige, align with our preferences, pleasantly interest us, operate within our desired timetable, and are convenient and comfortable. In the scope of the created universe, these add up to only a very few things.

From infancy through our elder years we so often feel frustrated. We don’t like to be told what to do, what to eat, what to wear, when to go to bed, when to get up, what to study, when to study, where to study, what to clean, when to clean, and on and on. We don’t like limits imposed on us by parents, teachers, bosses, spouses, children, neighborhood associations, government, or God. We buck against the constraints of morality, ethics, law, and even biology.

My point here is not that we shouldn’t challenge the evil that infects any authority or structure. We should. My point is that we have an indwelling evil propensity to challenge what is good. We have a bent to not believe God, that his design for us — which implies limits for us — is best for us (Genesis 3:4–6). We have a fallen desire to be autonomous, self-determining, sovereign gods.

God’s Design Lets Good Run Wild

And we must keep this in mind as we evaluate how we feel about God’s good design for manhood and womanhood. Remember, we buck and chafe against a host of structures, feeling them to be constraints, confines, even when they are put in place for our greatest joy.

God designed men and women. He made them complementary. When we as men and women trust what God says about what it means to be a man or woman and obey his instructions, the result is harmony. When we function as we were designed, the result is not constraint but freedom. G.K. Chesterton put it beautifully when he said,

. . . the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order 
was to give room for good things to run wild. (Orthodoxy, chapter 6)

That’s what this free ebook is about: the beautiful order of God’s design that frees all that is good about manhood and all that is good about womanhood to run wild.

Read it for the sake of your wild joy. And trust God’s promises more than your perceptions.


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Jon Bloom (@Bloom_Jon) is the author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith and serves as the President of Desiring God, which he and John Piper launched together in 1994. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Pam, their five children, and one naughty dog.