Reflections: What went wrong
It doesn’t take long for the central conflict of God’s story to arrive. The antagonist of this story, our enemy Satan, takes the opportunity to prey on humanity’s freedom, tempting them to put their own desires and decision-making above obedience to their Creator’s words. Adam and Eve disobey God, committing the first act of idolatry by placing something within creation (themselves) in the Creator’s place. The entrance of sin into the world mars God’s good creation and distorts the relationships he has established. The human beings find themselves separated from God, at war with one another, internally displaced by shame, and at odds with all creation. We are left to wonder how God will restore all that has been broken by sin.
Questions: When are you tempted to disobey God for your own desires? Where do you see sin distorting your relationships with God, yourself, other people, and creation?
Prayers: Loving God, we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, too often putting our own desires and decisions in place of your word. As I experience brokenness in all its forms as a result of sin, lead me back to you and your work of restoration.