Finding God in the Mystery of every day

023802  Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional

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Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

            As I was struggling as a young pastor with some issues of rebellion in my own household and also within the congregation I served I had occasion to hear some instruction coming from what at the time seemed an unlikely source of wisdom. A retired police captain, that I knew and I were sitting in his kitchen and he listened patiently to my various “tales of woe”. He looked at me and smiled and came out with the words I took to heart that day and have wrestled with ever since. He asked me whether I knew what the root of all sin was. I replied that it was the serpent’s fault, original sin, and the failure of our “first parents”.

            He said, “that may be, but the real root of all sin is found very simply in the attitude and statement, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’”! This may not seem like a revolutionary idea to you and all who would attempt to explain away sin and sinfulness, but if you really think about it the manifestation of sin in our lives always seems to originate from some refusal to accept any authority but our own.

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