Week 31 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Exodus 20:15 You shall not steal
Stealing is always an offense against someone else. It is depriving someone of anything that rightfully belongs to them. Stealing is a primary impulse of the sin nature. Stealing is a reflection of Satan’s desire to steal hearts and minds and souls away from God. THs sin of stealing hurts even worse when the person who steals is someone you love. Unfortunately, from personal experience I also know that this happens so easily within the dimensions of personal relationships that it has often gone overlooked for a considerable length of time. So. What does one do with the thief?
I would commend to you the 19th century novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, which tells the story of the power of forgiveness, and that forgiveness undeserved. Perhaps God is laying before the fledgling Israelite nation the potential to forgive, to consider the plight of someone else. Who knows. It is sufficient that within the discovery of every sin is found an opportunity for grace.
Even in repentance, there is the open door to restitution, and in those two factors can be found the potential ground of reconciliation. Larceny is born in our hearts, the grace of God in forgiveness opens the doorway to overcome the sin which drives us to steal.