Acts 7:1-22; Deuteronomy 29-30; Job 18
We live in a society that seems to be addicted to sin. Living contrary to God’s will was once considered shameful, now calling attention to God’s standards is the greatest sin in society. Sin is no longer seen as personal choice, it is seen as “fun” at best and an addiction that can’t be helped at its worst. As a society we mock God’s laws and we mock the principles He’s given us for everyday life. God has set before us the path to life: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…” (Deuteronomy 30:19) Life is found in our restored relationship with God. Our relationship with God is restored through faith in Jesus Christ. In truth, no one can live according to God’s standards all the time. Yet so willingly we embrace our sin that has deadly consequences. We celebrate promiscuous lifestyles as enjoying our bodies and the freedoms God gave us, but we turn away from those in suffering because of diseases that have resulted from it. We celebrate using intoxicants but shake our heads in horror when someone who is intoxicated kills innocent people because of actions they take while intoxicated – or we shun the person who has become so addicted to their particular intoxicant that all they live for is their next “fix.” I could go on, but I won’t. I will say that even as I point out society’s faults, I recognize my own. I seek to “be good” and yet under the right circumstances have the desire to return to the sins of my past. The only hope for me; the only hope for society, is a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ. His death on the cross paid the spiritual penalty for our sins and made a restored relationship with God possible. The Comforter, the Friend, the Holy Spirit shows us our sin and empowers us to overcome. Today I choose life – not because I am better than others, but because I recognize the power of God in my life to keep me in a restored relationship with Him in spite of me.
Lord God, just like Isaiah, I am a man of unclean lips among a people of unclean lips. I need Your cleansing power in my life. I need Your presence to guide me in the path of life each and every day. As I draw closer to You, may I be an example to others of Your love and grace.