From “Living at The Crossroads” by Michael W. Goheen and Craig G. Bartholomew:
“Before his final restoration of the creation is accomplished, God does not allow sin to run its full destructive course. He remains faithful and continues to restrain the devastating effects of sin. Spouses still love one another, parents still nurture their children in love, political authority still seeks justice to some degree, art still reflects something of the shalom of God’s good creation. Honesty, friendship, love, and joy are still to be found in God’s world. These evidences of God’s restraining influence on sin are called by some theologians “common grace.” God does not abandon the work of his hands; something of its original goodness can still be seen” (50).
A hopeful note indeed.