Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"How Sin Came In," a devotion from Alexander Maclaren

The following is from a sermon entitled, "How Sin Came In," on Genesis 3:1-15 by Alexander Maclaren
It begins with casting a doubt on the reality of the prohibition. 'Hath God said?' is the first parallel opened by the besieger. The fascinations of the forbidden fruit are not dangled at first before Eve, but an apparently innocent doubt is filtered into her ear. And is not that the way in which we are still snared? The reality of moral distinctions, the essential wrongness of sin, is obscured by a mist of sophistication. 'There is no harm in it' steals into some young man's or woman's mind about things that were forbidden at home, and they are half conquered before they know that they have been attacked. Then comes the next besieger's trench, much nearer to the wall -- namely, denial of the fatal consequences of the sin: 'Ye shall not surely die,' and a base hint that the prohibition was meant, not as a parapet to keep from falling headlong into the abyss, but as a barrier to keep from rising to a great good; 'for God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.' These are still the two lies which wile us to sin: 'It will do you no harm,' and 'You are cheating yourselves out of good by not doing it.'

Sin always over-promises and under-delivers, but we so often still succumb to its seductions. Satan wants to draw you away from God. He wants to convince you that, because sin is pleasurable, it is good. He wants to convince you that you can sin without consequence. However, God's will is always good, and sin always has consequences. We have all fallen. We have all sinned against God. However, Jesus crushed the head of the serpent. He defeated the consequences of sin for those who faithfully turn from their sin to Him. Don't let Satan's schemes allow sin to gain a foothold in your life. Trust in God completely, and you will be more satisfied in Him than you would be with anything that sin can offer.