Day 3

Humanity Rebelled Against God

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan


Genesis 3:1-19, Deuteronomy 28:15-19, Isaiah 1:4-5, Romans 5:12-14

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-19, Deuteronomy 28:15-19, Isaiah 1:4-5, Romans 5:12-14

From the time my pigtails bounced and my skirt twirled, I’ve always been a “good girl”—just ask my mama. I was a straight-A student who rarely got in trouble. I picked the right college, the right fella, the right outfit. You get the idea.

Turning my life over to Jesus ripped my story into two distinct halves: life before Him and life after Him. Still, there isn’t a lot of drama in the “before” part. No skeletons in the closet. No criminal record. No massive public failures. It’s tempting to think that Jesus died to make me a new and improved version of myself: Erin 2.0.

I’ve been walking with the Lord for more than two decades now, and the strangest thing has happened. The longer I know Him, and the more familiar I become with His Word, the uglier my heart looks. It’s like one of those optical illusion pictures that just looks like a bunch of squiggles at first. But the longer you stare, the more the edges of a hidden image start to emerge, and you see it’s not a pretty picture.

Sure, my behavior screams “good girl,” but my deceitful heart whispers thoughts of jealousy, pride, envy, hate, anger, bitterness, greed—the list goes on and on. Because here’s the truth: the Bible tells us no one is good except God alone (Romans 3:10). The achievements, accomplishments, and attitudes we attempt to polish up with a high shine are destined to look like filthy rags next to His blinding holiness (Isaiah 64:6).

Our sin—and the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve—is a reality the Bible doesn’t bother to sugarcoat (Genesis 3). We are the children of sinners who produce children who sin. We are not a people defined by our goodness, but rather all of humanity is “weighed down with iniquity” (Isaiah 1:4). We, all of us, have turned our backs on our Creator.

When it comes to holiness, there is no bell curve. The Bible warns that everything, every single thing in our world is cursed by our sin and rebellion against God: our civilizations and our agriculture, our food and our children, our crops and our herds, our coming in and going out (Deuteronomy 28:17–19).

It has taken my entire life, but my good girl facade has cracked. Praise God. Following the rules doesn’t make me righteous, but the good news of the gospel keeps picking me up and dusting me off. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Facing up to the reality of my sin hurts. But when I wrestle with the gospel, the gospel always wins. Being good is not enough, but the thoroughly sufficient grace of a good and loving God is.

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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170 thoughts on "Humanity Rebelled Against God"

  1. syd r says:

    i loved how it said the more familiar you become with God’s word, the uglier your heart looks. it just made me realize that it’s ok to realize your heart is full of stuff such as anger or hate because that’s a wake up call for you to try and CHANGE that about yourself and pray that God will help you through it and that his will be done in your life.

  2. Brittany Barksdale says:

    There truly is no one as good as god, and no one can live up to his holiness, no matter how hard we try. We are filled with sin, our parents are filled with sin, and our children shall be filled with sin. So no one truly can live up to the goodness of god.

  3. Michelle Black says:

    I couldn’t sleep well tonight. Having odd feelings of guilt and worry about my choices in life. I too have lived a fairly “good girl” type of life. However, I also see that when I look close my heart is full of jealously, greed, anger, bitterness, and so on like talked about here. I needed to be reminded that even my best efforts will never compare to how amazing Christ is. I am a sinner, but Christ died for me. Sometimes I forget that His grace extends to me too and He forgives the hidden sins that lie on my heart. I needed to read this this morning.

  4. Ellyn Gluntz says:

    Your story is EXACTLY my story! Except my “good girl facade” is still cracking. This was so encouraging to hear that I’m not alone in how God wired me. And praise him for his never-ending love and faithfulness to me through my stubbornness.

  5. Candice Kedroe says:

    Very convicting..

  6. Laís Gomes Coelho Da Silva says:

    Today when I woke up I read Galatians 2.20 and makes all sense with this devocional.

    1. Tasha McCallum says:

      After reading your comment I just read Galatians 2:20 and yes it sums this up very well. Thank you for sharing.

    2. Ava Young says:

      I read this verse as well and thank you so much for sharing it! It makes a ton of sense and is very encouraging for me.

  7. Shelby Foss says:

    We are the ones who sinned not God so we bear the punishment and it is our fault

  8. Molly Gilbane says:

    So convicting. What a wonderful reminder that being good is simply not enough. As a life-long perfectionist, I am prone to measuring my worth based on my good deeds and accomplishments. What a humbling reminder that being good is not enough— but the thoroughly sufficient grace of a good and loving God is. Praise God!

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