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The sunrise in White Mountains seem extraordinarily beautiful. Darkness gradually gave way to the brightness of a clear sky, and the overnight chill was chased away by the warmth of the rising sun. The balcony of our resort faced east, so I got to see the gradual rise of the sun in a dramatic way. It’s another brisk morning ushering in another relaxing day for us. When you are in situation like this, you can’t help but appreciating the constancy of God’s creation. The sun always rises in the morning, and the seasons always change according to the schedule. They never for a moment think about disobeying the natural law God established (Gen 8:22).
Ironically, it is often difficult for the masterpiece of God’s Creation to obey the will of our Creator. Even before the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, God has left the choice of obedience in our hand. As the great theologian Augustine described that state of human innocence: “able to sin and able not to sin”. God left the choice to then sinless human, yet Adam as our ancestor failed the test miserably and caused the human race to plunge into the abysmal state of “not able not to sin”.
Then came our Lord in human flesh, sinless so he may be the high priest of all (Heb 5:5-6). During his days on earth, he also needed to learn obedience from suffering (5:8). Instead of making the wrong choice like Adam, he in flesh “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears…and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (5:7). Through this righteous act, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (5:9). We are once again given the choice of “able not to sin” and can live a God-pleasing life through continuously coming to the throne of grace (4:16). Praise the Lord!
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires” (Rom 6:12). The word “sin” is becoming a taboo in our generation, and most people either don’t want to hear it or has become indifferent to it. I am just so glad that God has not given up on us (2Pt 3:9), and I am grateful that the sun still rises every morning in obedience to His law. Maybe one day we can all be as obedient and faithful as the sun. Amen.
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