What Sin Does

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast that the Lord God had made.

“He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden”?’ And the woman said, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.”’ But the serpent said, ‘You will not surely die. God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

“And… the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.’  He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” Genesis 3:1-13

While the temptation process through conversation and sensual consideration may take its steady time, the effects of sin committed are immediate and stark. At once, the couple who’d enjoyed complete delight, unhindered intimacy, and freedom from self-consciousness were stricken with a shroud of shame. Guilt, urgency to cover up and hide, quickness to blame- none had existed just moments before, but sin’s stain was instant, and by grace, instantly set in motion the now unfolding eternal plan for redemption. The curse, the announcement, the animal skin covering would hint at salvation to come. (Genesis 3:14-21)

The enemy eschews God’s merciful boundaries as restrictive. Media, experts, and even friends entice with all things sensual: trust feelings for guidance, and indulge for pleasure, comfort, and vital care. Sin distorts our understanding and weakens our defenses and will to deflect the cruel deceiver’s wily deceptions. (John 8:44; 10:10)

Where focus and heart are attached, such will direct our course. Under what and whose influence do we begin each day? How do we discern truth from lies about God? Which mantras and ingrained habits dull our ability to know and obey God’s ways? What excuses are we so accustomed to hiding behind that we no longer recognize our sin? (Matthew 6:21)

The only way out of sin is to confront it, confess it, and repent of it, then take on Christ’s robe of righteousness. Will we deal with it today? (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Father, guide my affections and attention away from willful sin, and wholly to hear and heed and glorify You.

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