January 9–Knock, Knock! Who’s There?

Knock, Knock! Who’s There?
You’ve probably heard and told your share of Knock, Knock jokes over the years. In Scripture, God makes it very clear to Cain (and to us) that we need to be very aware of who…or what…is at our door. 

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?

But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.

Genesis 4:6-7

The LORD wants to be in intimate relationship with His created people. After the fall of man, God didn’t just pick up and walk away from us. God wants us still to choose to love Him and obey Him. God wants us to enjoy the blessings of living our lives in right relationship with Him. 

The LORD lovingly asks us to examine ourselves and our motives so that we will not let our emotions rule over us more than our God–the LORD of life.

The LORD lovingly speaks warnings to us; to tell us (Knock, Knock!) sin is crouching at our door…sin desires to have us…and devour us and destroy us. And that is no joking matter.

And the LORD lovingly tells us that we must master sin…the LORD is also lovingly reminding us—and lovingly empowering us with the knowledge—that we always have a choice when it comes to sin.

Sadly, we people all choose sin—one way or another—with varying consequences to ourselves and others…but sin always devours, always destroys. In this fallen world, sin will always be crouching (Knock! Knocking!) at our door. This isn’t a surprise.

So? How do we master sin? How do we avoid being devoured and destroyed by sin?

First, we have to want to master sin. We have to be willing to depend on God as our LORD…and not ourselves—and certainly not our emotions, our knee-jerk reactions, our self-focused sense of justice or our life-warping habits.

We need to choose to master sin. And we need to run into the loving arms of our God, our Lord Jesus Christ—who has mastered the power of sin and its deadly destruction over us for all eternity. We need to go Knock, Knocking on our Lord’s door of protection and strength so that with our God we will be able to master the onslaught of temptation and the destruction of sin.

…knock and the door will be opened to you…

Matthew 7:7

Our God has lovingly, powerfully given us all we need to master sin as we stay in His care…and live in obedience to His Word.

So let’s each choose to knock on our Lord’s door…and stay with Him, instead of being knocked over by sin! It’s our choice. Knock, Knock!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane