Sin has always been humanity’s problem. Sin is simply defined as “missing the mark.” It is an archery metaphor which speaks of someone shooting at a target and missing. Sin is never passive. It is always active.
Sin occurs when someone is shooting in the right direction, at the right target but something goes wrong and the arrow misses the target. Israel wanted to obey God. They pledged their loyalty to God and soon after, they were loyal to another god.
Sin comes as a trap so that the mark you are trying to hit never happens. This is not a matter of the devil but our sinful tendencies. Sin is deceitful and it always snares us when we are trying to do good. Don’t ever let your guard down because it is in those times when sin wins. Once the mark has been missed consequences follow and they are always worse than the original sin. Be on the lookout for sin.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Jeremiah 51:1-53; Titus 2:1-15; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 26:17