Lent Devotion #2
The Lord God took the man and put him to work in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
What was the first command God ever gave his people? Most people would answer that it was to NOT eat from the tree of knowledge. Most of us look to God’s word as a list of things we can’t do. Our impression of God is that He is restricting; a strict father who is always saying no. But God’s very first words to us in scripture are, “You are FREE… (v.16).” God has commanded us to be free. God is all about our freedom. He is not a God looking only to restrict and say no to his children. His desire is for our perfect freedom, but sin would have us convinced otherwise. The great deception is that sin promises freedom but only enslaves. The good news of the gospel is that God is still about our freedom today. In fact, the gospel is all about God purchasing our freedom on the cross. In Galatians 5:1, Paul says that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to ta yoke of slavery.” This lent season let us look to the savior who takes every burden, purchases every debt, breaks every chain, and releases every shackle. God is all about our freedom, therefore may the spirit liberate us unto himself.
Prayer: Jesus I am a sinner, and no matter what I do, I am only a slave to sin. But you have called me to be free. Thank you for dying on the cross for my freedom. Let your blood liberate my heart and mind, so I may be free to live as you have called me to live. Thank you Jesus, Amen.