“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15 NLT)
Last Thursday I awoke out of a deep sleep. Groggy. What is wrong with my foot? The top of my left foot itched intensely. I should have gotten out of bed, looked at it and put something on it like Calamine lotion. But no, I just scratched it and scratched it.
You know how good it feels to scratch a bug bite? But then after you have gotten carried away it no longer feels so good? By morning I realized I had really irritated and inflamed my foot. I was paying the price for what felt good for a season…if only I had found the Calamine!
Isn’t this like the trap of sin? For a short time you may enjoy it, but then there are the consequences.
What just came to mind as you read this? Perhaps God is trying to tell you get up and look for the Calamine lotion. Don’t just sit there and scratch that “bite” – do what is right.
Whether our sin is talking about our friend, cheating on a test, not doing what we know we should be doing, etc. – God wants us to be obedient to Him – pick ourselves up with His help and change our ways.
Easy for me to say; however, at times hard for me to put into action. But as I start this week, my prayer is that I become more aware of those times that I need to look for the Calamine lotion. I hope that is your prayer too.
Romans 7:15, 21-25 NLT: “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”