As many of you know, Shark Week is one of my favorite weeks during the year. I love learning about these amazing creatures, listening to the shark attack stories (does that make me sick?) and watching the great whites jump into the air to catch their unsuspecting prey. There are many more things I love about this yearly documentary on the Discovery Channel, but we would be here all week.
As I was watching the fascinating shows this past week, I started thinking about how much sharks can be a metaphor for sin in our lives. They are beautiful creatures, but if you get too close you can lose a limb.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2Corinthians 11:14
The truth is that sin has a funny way of quietly swimming into our lives when we least expect it. What starts out as an innocent thought or action (even ones that aren’t sinful) can quickly become factors that turn us from our Heavenly Father.
Sin then shames us and tells us that we aren’t worthy of the Love of God.
I could spend my entire life listing the countless sins that capture us, but it would never be a comprehensive list and we all know exactly what sins we struggle with.
Unfortunately, we are a sinful human race that began back in the Garden of Eden and there will never be another perfect person that roams the world with the Love of God besides Jesus Christ.
We can try all we want to (and we definitely should do our best to stay away from sin), but we will never live up to the perfection God intended for us. The good news is that we don’t have to.
Jesus took our sin away the moment He climbed up on that cross. He suffered so that we didn’t have to. His blood washed our transgressions – past, present and future – away.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1Peter 2:12
The reason why we need to be watchful of sin in our lives is because like the sharks I love to watch, sin is captivating, charming, attractive, interesting and most of all appealing to us individually.
Plus, Satan would like nothing more than for us to sin so that he can berate us and try to convince us that God’s Word and Promises are not true.
Satan is wrapped in a lovely package and he will try to persuade us that we aren’t that bad and that certain sins may not really be sins.
However, all we have to do is read God’s Word to know what we should and shouldn’t do.
We may try to assure ourselves that sin won’t hurt us or derail our lives that much, but before we know it, we will be eaten alive by the sharks of sin that we provoke and get too close too. We may lose much more than just a limb.
As scary as it is to think of our lives away from the light of God, we must remember that God says that He will forget our sin if we will ask for forgiveness and turn back to Him.
Don’t allow Satan to convince you that you are not worthy of God’s love and mercy.
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Hebrews 10:17
So, the next time you sin – and you will – be sure to recognize it for what it is and ask God to forgive you and lead you into His Righteousness.
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.