We, as christians, as humans, should be extremely irritated with this world! Even things that are not sin, are messed up. It has all been impacted by the curse.
I can not stroke a lion’s man because that got messed up for me. My apple tree has no apples and has some fungal speckles all over the leaves. Picnics can get all together ruined by mosquitoes.
And then it gets even more personal than my backyard. Cancer. No one sinned that I should have Cancer, but I live in a fallen world. A world that is not how it should be. And sometimes it is just quite irritating. And irritated, impatient, upset, even angry is as I should be.
I used to struggle with the story about Jesus cursing the fig tree. Why couldn’t he be more patient? Hmmm…let’s just skip over that story.
And then I realize, Jesus never sinned. He always did what he was supposed to do. And we are supposed to be like him. He was supposed to be irritated. That fig tree was not as it should be. He made fig trees with figs and sin messed that up.
Sin should make us impatient for heaven. We should hunger and thirst and be able to concentrate on nothing apart from Jesus. We should be angry at the bitter cold, we should cry out at the sight of death, we should hurl curses at the devil when we see his work on this earth. Because this is not the way it is supposed to be.
And one day it won’t be. And there will be no more anger. And no more need to be patient because fig trees will have figs in heaven.