This world is filled with people who are still under evils' wily ways. Things like this remind me that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the human heart is captive to sin. Well, I have good news for those who steal, kill, and destroy: there is a cure! And His name is Jesus Christ. And I, for one, am glad He is the cure because my ways are no better than the lady who stole my name. If I were left to handle my own soul, I'd make a mess of it every time. In Romans 7:17-20,24, Paul confessed to this human dilemma, too:
"But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time...I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?"
But when I read on in verse 25, I find Paul's answer, the cure he clings to when sinful ways trip him up:
"The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different."
This is power and health for my soul! I can count on God's help and that means I can count on God's plans, no matter how frustrating or insecure life can make me feel.