Summer Devotional and Sermon Series
Week 1/Heroes: Creation
The rules and boundaries we lay out for our children are often for their protection, their nurture, teaching them good habits, or relationship skills, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t like enforcing consequences. I don’t like tears. I don’t like griping and complaining. I really don’t like taking something away that they really enjoy. BUT If the boundary is crossed then I need to enforce it otherwise the boundary is useless and my children remain exposed to more things that will hurt them.
I don’t think God took any joy in handing out the consequences to Adam and Eve. Like with most boundaries the importance of it isn’t learned until you cross it. I wish my children would trust me at my word but sometimes they just have to see if anything will actually happen. God was clear, “eat from this tree and you will die.” Satan said, “No you won’t.” They forced God’s hand and he had to hand down the consequences. The message was clear. Trust me. Don’t trust the serpent.
Randy Frazee wrote, “God’s passion for his people to be in a relationship with him exists in the soul of every human being. You long for the perfect community he created for you. But your sin nature, passed down from Adam, makes you ineligible for residence in God’s garden.”
Every day we carry the scars of this consequence. Sometimes we want God to sweep everything under the rug and take the scars away. But the scars remind us to trust him. Not the serpent. The good news is that the scars are not permanent. The only one with permanent scars is Jesus.
The Bible says, “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:21-23 (NIV)