A few years ago, a rat died in our attic and the stinky smell spread throughout the entire house. We couldn’t find the source right away, so for days, the noxious odor penetrated the air. We couldn’t spray enough air freshener to cover it up. However, if we were in the house long enough, we’d get kind of used to the smell and it didn’t seem horrible unless—we went out into the fresh air and then came back in the house! Ugh—the smell was like being hit in the nose with a hammer!

This incident provided me with a great lesson about sin…

When we’ve lived in the sweet, refreshing presence of God—the pungent stink of sin has the same effect on us—as that stinky rat. We begin to see sin the way God does because His presence illuminates the contrast.

Sin is offensive to God and it destroys us, other people, and everything good.

It separates us from the wholesome, delightful presence of God. The Psalmist provided us with a vivid description of sin’s effect:

“There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.” (Psalms‬ ‭38:3-7‬)

Is this the view we hold of sin–even the sins we typically justify–like worry, white lies, or fear? When we’ve experienced the freshness of God’s presence–then ALL of our sin stinks compared to Him! But if we live in the stink of sin long enough, soon, we get used to the smell and forget what it’s like to experience the refreshing of God’s presence.

Ah, the refreshing experience of communing with our Holy God—to which the pleasure of no sin on earth can compare!

God’s presence is the most refreshing and lovely part of our life. When we make God the Lord of our life, He delights us and we NEVER want to be without Him!

“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28-29‬)

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