Sin is addictive. It seems to offer freedom, but such freedom is only temporary and leads to a deeper bondage than before. It offers to quench a thirst and give moments of pleasure – but is followed by a greater craving and a dullness and darkness instead of lightness and joy. It offers a temporary escape from reality but digs a deeper pit of despair. Sin becomes a cruel and harsh master.
One of the most tragic consequences of sin is in the way it prevents us from reaching our God-given potential. We can flounder around in the swamps of the world and fail to even see the glorious heights to which the Lord is calling us. We become infested with the fumes of gloom and miss out on the wonderful and mind-clearing freshness of the fragrance of the Lord. In the end we might no longer hear the voice of the Lord calling for us.
But God. In these moments of pain, when something within us cries out “I can’t” – the Lord says quietly, “But I can.” And that’s the difference. When we no longer feel able to come to Him He has come to us. When our strength and will have given out His love is stronger than ever. When we look at His feet in despondency His voice falls like gentle rain on the dry, barrenness of our spirits, “I love you. I love you still and I always will.”
Having found us He loves us far too much to leave us where and how we are. If we will allow Him to take our hand again He will turn and lead us along a new road – a journey away from the desperate darkness of the night and towards the ever-glorious dawning of our new day. And no matter how often we may fall along the way – whether in the early or the later stages – His hand will always be there to lift us up and lead us onwards towards the new day dawning.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10)
Invite God into your darkness – ask Him to bring His light and love and life.
Lord God, thank You so much for having found me today. Please take my hand in a new way and lead me ever onwards to the life that You have created for me, in Jesus. Amen.