A devotional thought from Halim Suh for “The Fall”
James 1:13-17: “No one undergoing a trial should say, ‘I am being tempted by God.’ For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers. Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.”
Have you ever considered the active nature of sin? If I am honest with myself, there are many times that my attitude toward sin is the same attitude toward a pesky gnat. It is annoying and I would rather it not be there, but it can almost feel benign.
The verse above paints a very different picture, though. The Word of God seems to present sin as something much more malicious.
Sin doesn’t always show itself as a threat right away; you don’t always see the danger immediately. According to this passage, it often begins as a desire that is enticing and alluring. It carries you away, like a tide in an ocean that causes you to drift hundreds of yards without you realizing you have moved an inch. It draws you in like a lure on a hook, and when sin has fully emerged and grown, it brings forth death. That’s what the Bible promises about sin.
Pause and Reflect
• How do you respond to sin? Do you think it is actively out to destroy you?
• What are some desires in your life right now that are luring you near/into sin?
• What needs to change about the way you are living to help you flee from sin?