GPS: March 9

Today’s Scripture:

 

Genesis 3:1-7:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Food for Thought:

This passage poignantly shows us the depth of human nature.  We have the power to do good and the power to do harm.  Think of how many films, books, and stories, have been about the struggle of good and evil.  We are saints and sinners alike.  Today, I ask that you be introspective about your own life.  Are you a saint more often than a sinner or vice-versa?  What parts of your spiritual life need some work?  I challenge you to work on those today.

Prayer:

God, you created us in your image and called us good.  Help us to be faithful to that call on our lives to be good.  Guide us as we seek to be your faithful servants in this world.  Help us to be more faithful saints than sinners.  In your precious name we pray, Amen. 

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