Christmas Devotionals – 12/01

By Jon Myers
Genesis 3:8-11
 

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

 

Before you go any further, take a minute to re-read the verses. I’d like to challenge us to see ourselves in this narrative, because if we don’t the gospel will not have its full effect. In specific I’d like to challenge us to see ourselves in Adam and Eve. Can you imagine what they felt when they heard “the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day?” Embrace that sentiment there. That sentiment is called conviction. Can you sense their frailty of heart? Do you understand the weight of sin that they are carrying? I pray that we all do, because knowing the effectiveness and sweetness of reprieve comes from having a very honest understanding of the guilt that once defined us. Disobedience is very serious and offensive to God, and we see this very clearly when we look at the verses that follow the scripture above, and we see this more clearly when we look at Jesus’ crucifixion and the events leading up to it.
The scriptures point out that the only way we can begin to obey God is by the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. God, through His word gives us the path to obedience when tempted to go against God’s standards. This path consists of a few things, namely to bring temptation into the light by talking to a fellow believer about it, and when we give into temptation to confess, repent of and renounce our sinful behavior. Christ came, lived, died and rose so that you and I could and would live in joyful obedience to Who God is in His fullness by the power of the Holy Spirit. We as humans have an insatiable desire for more than what we’ve been given, and the satisfaction for that desire is found in Christ alone.
In this season of advent (and every other season) I’d like to challenge us all to practice joy and delight in Jesus our Lord and Savior, and ask Him to forgive us for not having joy and delight in Him. In addition to forgiveness, petition Him to help you to be satisfied in Him by the work of the Holy Spirit through the renewing of your thought process. In closing, let the following prayer be the attitude of your heart. Father, let us as Your church be marked by joy and delight-filled satisfaction in Who You are, according to what Christ purchased for us on the cross and by the work of the Holy Spirit.