Wickedness

Day 209

Prayer for the day

I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and glorify your Name for evermore.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 49-50, Romans 1

Sin.

Sin is not a popular concept these days. People don’t like to talk about it and they DON’T like to hear about it. We don’t like to think that we’re not righteous. We don’t like to think that we’ve offended God. We hate the idea that we’re terrible. We like to think that we’re good deep down, that buried beneath the sinful veneer, we’re good people.

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, knocks our self-esteem right off its pedestal. Paul’s claim is that all of us, ALL of us, have nothing to commend ourselves. We are in desperate and dire straits.

We have all struggled with sin. We have all failed. And in that failure, we have failed to recognize the greatness of God and what he has done for us. We have so offended God, so neglected our care for him and our love for him, our duty and responsibility to holiness, that God allowed us to be consumed by those things. Sin is a disease, and a disease that kills.

David knew the evil of sin and wickedness as well. The Psalmist wrote many songs about the fate of the wicked. He wrote about their schemes, their tactics, and ultimately, he wrote about how God felt about the wickedness that was, and is, rampant in our lives.

We are playing a serious and a deadly game when we flirt with the evil we are drawn to. God threatens serious consequences for sin in the Psalms, consequences like being destroyed. In the First Testament, we see the threat, and in the Second, we see the fulfillment. People are given over to the sin they love, to their downfall.

May God be gracious in aiding us in the avoidance of sin and the pursuit of holiness.

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