Sunday, September 19, 2010

Problem / Sin Relationship?

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. [Luke 13:1-5 NKJV]

It is interesting to hear people compare other's sin to the problems they experience. For example they may say that since John Doe is having so many problems it is because of the magnitude of sin he has in his life. Not only do we hear this today, this was also a common Jewish belief of the time. We have to understand a few things about sin and consequences. Never forget that we face the consequences of our decisions. This is true, however, it is not the case that all problems are in proportion to the level of sin we are in the middle of.

Think about Job. He was a man that the Bible says was upright and blameless. He was a man of complete integrity. If you read the book that bears his name you will see the he loses almost everything in his life. He loses his kids and all of his possessions. What did he do wrong? He did nothing wrong. Remember the Bible called him blameless.

So, what do we make of all of this? Sometimes we go through trials in life as part of satan's attempt to steer us off course. Sometimes we are allowed to experience trials to build faith or character. But through it all we experience the power and hand of God to guide and comfort us. We may not know why God allows up to experience certain trials in our lives but we can be sure that He loves and cares for us and has our best interest at heart.

Remember, God sent His only Son to this world to live a perfect life and become the sacrifice for the sins of this world. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, He conquered death and the grave giving anyone who believes in Him everlasting life (John 3:16). This gives us comfort to know that God loved us so much that He provided the way for us to live eternally with Him. Sin, however, does create a problem for mankind. Without repenting and coming to Christ as Jesus said in Luke 13 we will perish no matter how great or how small the sin.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson
www.dougjohnson.net

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