When Sin Haunts
We have studied how God views our sin, even our haunting sin. We ourselves make this mess and then watch God bless our mess in the midst of our messiness (say that 10 times fast). Do you get it? He already knew! God knew when He created us that we would sin. Many have asked the question, “Why would he create us to be imperfect?” You see, God made us in His image, in His perfection. It is we who chose to bring sin into this world when we decided that the perfection that God gave us just wasn’t enough and we sought to be “god like.” Now you can argue with me and say that Adam and Eve did the sinning and that we were just born sinners because they chose to sin. And you would technically be right…however, can you tell me that you, yes…sinful you, would not have made the same choice they made in the garden?
God’s sovereignty in our lives is supreme. He does not control us like puppets, and it does not mean that He controls everything that we do, it simply means he is in control of what happens even when we “mess up” His perfect plan. He doesn’t make us sin, but He knows that we will sin and in His perfection has already made a way for his plan to continue while using our sin to teach us more about His sovereignty and grace. Our sin can haunt us. It can alter the course that God had set out for us. But ultimately, God’s plan will prevail.
Think of the mother of the drug addict. She begs her child not to fall into this life, she begs them to come out of it. She stands by the phone waiting for the hospital or police to call telling her that her beloved child needs her. She waits anxiously by the hospital bed side for her baby to wake up. She pleads for them to begin recovery. And she holds the hand of that child as they walk the deep dark suffering road of recovery. She can’t take the consequences away from her child. The pain of their choice has to be borne in order to gain freedom from their addiction. And while she can’t lessen that pain and she can’t make it go away, she sits by her beloved child, holds their hand, hugs them, tells them that they can and will make it and that mom is here and not going to leave them.
How much more will our God do this for us? When we fall into the dark mire of our sin and can’t see our way out, HE is there. His hand is outstretched and he is waiting to pull us out. Our consequences will not be taken away but our God, our maker, our Heavenly Father is there by our side as we walk through the dark valley that our sinful choices have led us to. He will not leave our side. He will fight for us as we walk through the valley and head to the mountain. He promises to pull us out of the pit and walk with us and even carry us through the dark shadows. This my friends is why we can have freedom “When Sin Haunts.”