Do you ever find yourself doing things that you don’t want to do, or know that you shouldn’t? Do you ever stop and think of something that you know you really should be doing, but aren’t doing? I find myself in these situations, especially when I get busy. I know that I should stop and take time to pray or spend time in scripture, but I am so busy that I put it off till later, and then to even later, and sometimes to the next day. Paul talks about this same thing:
14 “For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”
Paul apparently had the same problem at times. He wanted to be filled with the spiritual things of God, but had sin in his life, just as each of us. This kept him from being completely filled, completely focused on the spiritual things.
This is something that we will not completely overcome until the Kingdom of God is established. It is something we won’t be able to do on our own, not even a little bit. To make any progress on this will require help from God’s spirit dwelling in us.
I find comfort knowing that I am not alone in doing what I do not want to do, and not doing what I do want to do. I also find hope in the fact that God has promised that He will help me and guide me, and that His power is available to me. I encourage you today to reach out and seek God’s help, His power, and His guidance to do what you are called to be doing.
– Andrew Hamilton