Sin – Suspicions of God

Sin is such a lovely walk in the park, such a nice little experience – initially. We start out meandering away from Truth and Obedience and Dependence. We find our own little path to follow, a pretty little trail full of things that please our eyes and our ears and our minds – our very soul’s delights. But it is not the path that God has for us, it is the path of our own choosing. James puts it this way, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” 1:13,14.

You see, we are drawn “by our own lusts”. We see the path that is nearby the clearly lit path we are on and we want to discover its beauty and surprises. Note to Self: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor.11:14. The things we don’t have, the things that are out of reach are the things that entice and dazzle the senses, beckoning us to “Come, enjoy”.

We begin this whole trip down the slippery slope (or delightful path as we see it) by questioning God’s Goodness. We suspect that God may not have the best in mind for us. “Hath God said…” As soon as our earthly senses are delighted by excitement and allurement we want to please them. Well why not? It looks good, or it smells good, or it feels good, or it sounds good, or it tastes good. It must be good right? Yes it is – for a season. So we barter the eternal – life with God – for the temporal – a bowl of porridge, a piece of fruit. the bauble laced with slow-release cyanide.

You see all we have to do is to suspend our trust of God and elevate our faith in Self. We place God under suspicion. After all, if He wanted what is best for me He would let me have this thing I want. Nowhere does it say that what you want is what is best for you. That is you selling you into sin. “But my God shall supply ALL YOU NEED [not want] according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philip. 4:14. Let me attest that what you need is far better for you and to you than what you want.

But you want it so you are drawn away “by your own lust”. Now note that chasing after things that are seen (heard, smelt, tasted, and felt) are clearly not of faith and “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” Rom. 14:23. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1. You cannot see, hear, smell, taste nor touch the thing you need, except through faith by your spirit. You will not get at them through your flesh. The flesh and the spirit are contrary one to the other. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Gal. 5:17.

Faith is not blind, nor deaf, nor without smell, taste or feeling. It is all these (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch) by the spirit of God within you. “And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” Luke 8:10.

Hath God said…? Yes He has.

And we can and should Trust Him. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Rom. 3:4