Week One Day Two - Devotion

15 Aug 2017
John Benn
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Genesis 3: 6 - 13

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ 10 He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ 11 And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?’ 12 The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The snake deceived me, and I ate.’

Give Thanks … For the many good things that God has provided for us, not only in the form of other humans who love and care for us but also for food, and shelter and protection.

Consider …. How easily we are tempted to follow our own wisdom instead of God’s plan. How we allow ‘things’ to deceive us into thinking that they will bring us fulfilment and joy. How easily we listen to people rather than God. How quickly we blame others when we fall into sin.

Consider ….. How deeply God loves us and how He immediately looks for reconciliation with us after we sin, just like he did with Adam and Eve. Reflect on how we are tempted to hide from God rather than face His loving discipline.

Decide …. Today when you find yourself sinning in word or deed to turn to God for forgiveness and mercy rather than try and cover up your own sin. When others sin against you to show them the same compassion and mercy that God shows to us.

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