Transformed – teen devotion – June 9, 2024

One truth shared: The rest (Sabbath) we need most—from guilt, from worry, from shame, from hopelessness—is graciously given to us by the Lord of the Sabbath.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:8:15

Victory over the Devil

Have you ever heard the story about New Coke? Back in the mid 1980’s Coca-Cola company, one of the most iconic brands in the world, was looking to improve quality and make a splash in the marketplace so they created a new product with a new taste and introduced New Coke. Unfortunately, New Coke was a disaster. Consumers did not take to the new product like Coca-Cola hoped. After incurring a $30 million debt from New Coke, Coca-Cola company eventually scrapped the new version.

As big of a disaster as New Coke was, it was nothing compared to the disaster of the Fall into sin. The devil convinced Adam and Eve that they needed to “improve” their quality of life and make a splash in their world, so they disobeyed God and introduced the ugliness of sin into humanity. The events that immediately followed the Fall are a sad reflection of the brokenness we all experience today in our relationship with God and with others – fear, guilt, shame, conflict, pain, separation, and hostility. This widespread brokenness can lead us to believe that the devil is winning. It can lead us to despair.

Like Coca-Cola, our perfect God could have scrapped the project called “humanity” after the Fall. But God so loved his creation, that includes you and me, that he instead promised a solution – a Savior. This Savior would rise from within humanity and erase mankind’s impossible debt to God. His death on the cross would be a temporary strike to his heel, but his death would fatally crush the devil’s head, and spell victory for humanity.

Sin and brokenness is real and painful. Don’t despair. Genesis 3:15 is God’s promise of victory.  Rejoice in Jesus’ victory that is also your victory! Live at peace with God knowing that his grace covers all your brokenness and that he has forgiven you of all of your sins. Be at peace with yourself. Live at peace with others knowing God’s grace covers their brokenness and sins too.

Prayer: Almighty and Merciful God, when I see the problems in our world and in my life it can really bring me down. It’s worse when I consider my own sinful part in those problems. Thank you for responding to all of this with grace and forgiveness. Thank you for giving me the victory over all of this through Jesus. Help me to live in that victory. Amen.

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