Fighting Entropy (Hebrews 9:27-28)

My staff were standing around waiting for the afternoon cases to arrive via courier. We had completed the first round of morning cases and everyone had completed their assigned tasks. The afternoon courier was late and they had nothing to do. However, they wanted to look like they were busy doing something and not just standing around. I interrupted the awkward moment. 

“What are you all doing, fighting entropy?”

My staff sheepishly looked at each other, scrambling to register a clever answer. 

“You know…” I teased. “You will always lose that battle!”

As most students of physics know, entropy is the second law of thermodynamics and measures the degree of disorder in a system and the unavailability to do work. If you are seeking a more erudite definition, check this link: Understanding Second Law of Thermodynamics. Bottom line, a system will inevitably progress to a state of disorder unless an external energy is introduced. 

A tongue in cheek statement about the inevitability of the processes of life comes with the old adage, “The only thing that is sure in life is death and taxes.” Certainly we can all identify with this. It should come as no surprise that God also acknowledges the inevitability of death. 

And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:27-28 (NLT)

If we are to reverse the entropy and the inevitability of death, we need an outside power, an external energy, to intervene within our lives. This power must be supernatural. This power can only come from God who sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take away the sins of all mankind. All who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will have salvation and eternal life.

By our own efforts, it is impossible to fight entropy. Thanks be to God who is always desirous to intervene in our lives with the power of the Resurrected Jesus Christ!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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