Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

Week 24 Day 1

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day –

Genesis 20: Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”

            Abraham shows us a picture of besetting sin by failing to trust God and making his own “get me out of this situation” plan. Read the whole chapter. Genesis chapter 20 shows how besetting sin, that which is ingrained into our character through habit, culture, and history impacts everyone around us. He betrayed his wife, he betrayed Abimelek, and most importantly he betrayed God.

            As you read this story, think about the issue of besetting sin in your own life. Those sins which seem to come back again and again with haunting consequences. Sins of self-abuse in its many forms, sins of impatient insistence on our own way at the expense of others, sins of omission which fail to seize upon the opportunities God places in front of us.

            What is the answer to besetting sin? I think the apostle Paul said it best in Romans chapter 8. After asking the plaintive question of Romans Chapter 7:24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? He answers his own question forcefully and unequivocally; 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Published by larry7253

Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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