Saturday, April 2, 2011

So Easily Fallen - April 2, 2011

Genesis 3:8-13 (New King James Version)
8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

13 And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

It was so easy, knowingly doing wrong. I don't think I really felt anything when I would; it seemed so harmless. Better yet, I knew no one would ever find me out most of the time. I justified the things I did in my mind and believed that as long as I wasn't hurting someone else, it was okay. I started our small, and everyone who participated with me only made it more and more desirable.

Although I had learned about God, and knew the Bible stories, God was a long way off. I did enjoy hearing about Jesus, but he was a baby in a manger, a guy with his disciples, someone they hung on a cross and who rose again at Eastertime. I went through Confirmation, and actually went through the motions, but they were very easily forgotten. Truth was, I didn't really understand what it was all about.

So it went on and on, and the little things became bigger things. The bigger things slowly caused me to slip into a life of sin, a life of compromise and experimentation. Whatever spark of goodness, was guickly put out by the desire to do the wrong. And the wrong? It quickly seared itself into me until I no longer thought I was doing wrong. How easy it was to fall so deeply and so quickly; how easy it was to betray those early commitments I had made.

It was the same thing with the man and woman that God had made. It was easy for them to so quickly betray the God who had created them; so easy to go a different way, but the little thing they did, would doom us all. And true to our nature and character, the man and woman blamed someone else when they were confronted with their sin. How easy it was to fall; how easy it was to betray the love that had been given them by God.

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