Devotional - January 3, 2017

Scripture: Genesis: 3 & 4   

Devotional: Day 2 Woohoo! Excited about the new journal section on the site. If you have been reading this or following I want to thank you. Well, let's get right to it. I started today off by reading Genesis 3 & 4. These chapters discusses the fall of man.

In chapter 3 Eve finds herself having a conversation with a serpent. I am not 100% sure if there have been any other accounts of animals speaking to humans in the bible, actually I take that back check out what 2 Peter 2:16 says, "But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey--an animal without speech--who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's madness." Paul was rebuked by a donkey! My point is that the simple fact that Eve is finds herself speaking to an animal seems a bit off to me. Anyways, the serpent starts his conversation off with a question, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Of course the serpent knew that there was only one tree that Eve for forbidden to it, but he wanted Eve to point it out and make her question, why just that tree? If the serpent would have pointed out the specific tree that was forbidden than he would have been reassuring her that that tree was not supposed to be eaten, but the simple fact that he acted clueless and tried to make the tree of life out to be like every other tree in the garden make Eve feel like the tree of life did not have any importance. Do you see where I am going with this?

It is funny how we always want to stretch the boundaries. How we always want to break the rules. When someone tells us to not do something our curiosity gets the best of us. This scenario is very similar to certain moments with my kids when I tell them not to do something and they do it anyways.

Chapter 3 goes into the story of Cain and Abel and how the first murder/second sin was committed. I won't go into detail on this, but I encourage you to read Genesis 4 to get a clear picture of the situation. I love what God tells Cain in verse 6, “Why are you so angry?” the lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” 

The one word that stood out to me after reading these two chapters was, CHOICE. We all are given the gift to choose. We choose how we want our day to go. We choose how we want year to go. Now I understand situations out of our control can change that at times, but ultimately we are responsible for the choices that we make on a daily basis. The choices that you make now will have an effect on your life later.  
Prayer: My prayer is that you begin to examine your daily choices. From the moment that you wake up in the morning what will you choose your attitude to be? What choices can you make now that will leave a lasting positive effect throughout your day and even year?  

Challenge: I challenge you to look examine your day and see what choices you are making and what kind of effect is taking place because of them. Choose Christ in all that you do.