May 10, 2018
May 10, 2018
Read Genesis 3
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Scripture- Genesis 3:11- “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
Observations- I love that God asked questions of both Adam and Eve for which He already knew the answer, but God was drawing them out. In other words, even in their disobedience and sin, God was inviting them to stay in the relationship and conversation with Him. Both Adam and Eve attempted to deflect their sin, blame someone else for their behavior, and decline to take responsibility for their actions. While there would be consequences for their disobedience, God wasn't giving up on them.
Application- We all have a propensity for deflection and blaming others when we mess up, but it's important to learn how to take personal responsibility for our own shortcomings, failures, and sins. It's easy for me to imagine God asking me the question, "Jamie, what have you done now?" to both challenge me and stay in the relationship with me when I fall short of His glory, which happens all too often.
Prayer- (by St. Anselm- 1033-1109) O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You, where and how to find You. You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You. You have made me and remade me, You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, Still I do not know You. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek You. I cannot seek You unless You teach me or find You unless You show Yourself to me. Let me seek You in my desire, let me desire You in my seeking. Let me find You by loving You, let me love You when I find You. Amen.
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins." (Romans 3:23-24),
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