June 19 The Great Divorce

Scripture reading: Genesis 3:22–24

Key verse: Romans 5:12

Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Divorce has become too common in our fractured age. Its disabling effects—financially, emotionally, and socially—are well documented in various studies.

In a real sense, sin has effected a divorce between man and God. When the original couple, Adam and Eve, sinned in the Garden, God evicted man from His presence: “He drove out the man” (Gen. 3:24). The Hebrew word for “drove” is also used in the Old Testament on five occasions for divorce.

God and man—united at Creation in intimacy, fellowship, and purpose—were separated by sin. The holiness of God and the sin of man are incompatible. The Creator and the creation, man, can no longer live together in harmony apart from faith in Christ. Sin drives unbelieving man out of God’s presence and into chaos and evil.

The great divorce, as author C. S. Lewis put it, has fixed a gulf, a chasm, between God and man. Born into sin, man suffers from the emotional and spiritual wreckage of life apart from God, driven by wayward desires and instincts, walking in the darkness of his own counsel.

The truth about sin is ugly. But you must know the truth, the good and the bad, before you can be set free.

Set me free from sin, dear Lord. Restore my fellowship with You. Lead me from darkness into Your glorious light.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 178). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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