The door we have in front of us…
We have clues about this door in the bible.
Recently I made a discovery that I found quite interesting. In our biblical studies class, we are taught to pay attention to not only the words but the STRUCTURE in which the words are written. And they have given us many examples of why this is important. Apparently, I have learned the lesson well.
From the beginning…
Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
*(of a person or animal) be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush
for someone or something.
*(of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible
state, although still presenting a threat.
a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something
God is telling us that sin is lurking, it’s dangerous, and it waits to ambush us. Sin desires us, it’s not a casual thing, it’s patient and willing to wait, to sneak in and ambush us.
And at the end…
Revelation 3: 19-21
Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if
Showing great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an
feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.
God is literally knocking to get in, he’s up front and making an effort to be known. He tells us that we have to make an effort to let him in, we must show great energy in choosing his ways, in choosing to allow him in. When we do this, if we keep choosing to let God in, we will find eternity WITH him.
it’s not a maybe, it’s definite.
But remember, sin is lurking and sneaky… and we’ve been told we must master it. We must continue to make that choice, between letting our guard down and being purposeful in answering God’s knock.
It’s not always easy…
Something that has helped me in knowing which is which, because sin is lurking and sneaky, is that when we are faced with a dilemma and we don’t know what is “right” it’s usually the hard option. Sin lures us with a life of ease, of course that is not how it ends up if we go that direction, it’s not easy, but the lure is there.
And prayer, loads and loads of prayer.
What do you think of the connections I made? Do you think this is something the Lord intended in the placement of these verses? Or do you think we make the connections we need to see in the moment?