22 October 2013
Sometimes, I am amazed when I haven't seen something before. This morning, I was driving to Rice Lake, listening to a teaching and appreciating the beauty of God's paintbrush on the hillsides surrounding the highway. For some reason, I thought of the plant Devil's Snare in the first Harry Potter installment. Devil's Snare is a plant that rapidly envelops those who come too near. It immobilizes the person, squeezing the life out of them. Devil's Snare is a plant that only grows in the dark and is destroyed by exposure to the light.
This is such an accurate description of the life of sin. Sin is the devil's snare and he, the father of darkness, knows that our sin will grow best where no light exists. When we leave our sin in the dark, trying to keep it from the light of the gospel, it will immobilize and envelop us.
John opened his gospel with these words: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."-John 1:1-5. Jesus is the Light who destroys the devil's snare. He alone is able to shine His light into the dark corners of our lives and release us from the bondage to our sin.