Sin doesn’t play fair
By Teresa LeNeave
Sin never plays fair. Sin always presents itself in such a way that it looks harmless, but in the end it will take many things from its followers. It steals, kills and destroys. That’s the purpose of sin. It promises something it can’t deliver. It promises joy and it even delivers for a while, but eventually that superficial joy dies down and you’re left joyless. It promises happiness and emotional stability, but in the end many are left in an emotional mess. It may even promise riches, but money can only do one thing: it can make you comfortable, but it can’t bring peace. More often than not, sin leads to a life of poverty, not wealth.
When God warns against sin, it’s because sin is a behavior that destroys people. God sees the end and knows the condition sin leaves a person in. We are all tempted by sin, but why? The reason is because sin presents itself in such a deceptive way that it doesn’t seem evil. It looks good. It sounds good. It may even feel like the right thing to do. That’s the reason it’s tempting. Sin never presents itself with the final outcome. It promises something it can’t deliver and what it delivers is always the same: destruction.
The Bible doesn’t say why God loves us so much, but it makes it very clear that he does. Perhaps it’s because he created us and we are his “workmanship”, that he has chosen to take notice of us. Not only does he take notice, but he offered a way to escape sin, through his son, Jesus. He even sends angels which “are ministering spirits sent forth” to watch over and minister to us! That’s love and speaks loudly of the value that God places on us.
God warns against sin because he places a high value on you. According to the Bible, it was not to angels that he has subjected the world which is to come, but to man. If God values us that much shouldn’t we make room for him in our lives?
Ps 8:3-9: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, ‘What is man that you are mindful of him?’ … you made him (man) a little lower than the angels and have crowned him (man) with glory and honor. You made him (man) to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.” … Then David goes on to list animals, birds of the air, and fish in the sea that are under man’s feet.
How can we as a people, or a nation, rebel against God who loves us that much? Do you remember what happened to the angels when they rebelled? They lost their place in heaven. Do we think we can rebel against God and not have destructive consequences? Sin does not play fair. What looks promising may be the very thing that takes away your joy.
According to Psalms 91, God gives his angels charge over us and our children. His plan is to defend, protect and keep you. When he warns against sin, it’s because he wants to keep our feet from being caught in a trap.
Regardless of how dangerous the world around us gets, we have a safe place in Jesus. Two of Jesus’ recorded prayers was, “Father keep them from evil”. Jesus’ plan is that we accept his offer of deliverance so that the evil of sin will not deceive, entangle or destroy us. What will you choose?
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