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.


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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168 thoughts on "Humanity Rebelled Against God"

  1. Paula Morales says:

    I deal with the fact of considering myself as a good person

  2. Beth Donati says:

    This was so needed today. I too tend to believe Jesus just made me a better version of myself. But everything I do is rags compared to God’s glory! Makes the name of Jesus a whole lot sweeter

  3. Natalie Henley says:

    I struggle with this as well. I’ve always been a “good girl.” But my pride is so big and I must pray to walk more humbly with our God. To know that He is good and I am sinful is hard to grapple with. Especially when you have put so much effort into being good. I often find myself being good to get more respect, to be a “better person,” to be more liked…. and I take God out of the equation. My motive for being good is not what it should be.

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  5. Grace says:

    I thank God that the blood of Jesus has removed me from under the weight of the curse 5 years and counting!

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  7. Angel Choi says:

    Wow. That part about incorrectly thinking Jesus died to make me a better version of myself really hit me. This sounds so much like myself. It’s really eye-opening and helps show me some things I should be aware of in my life.

  8. Evelyn says:

    Thank you for this study. I have only just began picking up my bible again as I have been heavily struggling with my walk with God. This study I am praying will help me get closer to God ❤

    1. Kaitlyn Weyman says:

      You are not alone❤️

    2. Aimee Houston says:

      Im with you. Ive joined a church i love and just recently started to pick up my bible or read my bible through and app more often.

    3. Tammy Stanley says:

      No bell curves… the comparison with others needs to stop. We are sinners, or we are saved sinners. It is one or the other, there are no shades of grey.
      Thanks for a great study series to relaunch my daily time in the Word.

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