Today’s devotional shows what the law does, or should do, to every one who comes to know what it means. It does not save; it does convict. And conviction is painful! But let it do its painful work for the pain drives us to trust no longer in ourselves, but to flee to the only Savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Romans 7:7-12 (ESV)
7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
“…I thought of what was said of the old Roman empire that, under the rule of Caesar, if a man once broke the law of Rome, he was in prison everywhere. The whole world was one vast prison to him, for he could not get out of the reach of the imperial power; and so did it come to be in my aroused conscience, Wherever I went, the law had a demand upon my thoughts, upon my words, upon my rising, upon my resting. What I did, and what I did not do, all came under the cognizance of the law; and then I found that this law so surrounded me that I was always running against it, I was always breaking it. I seemed as if I was a sinner, and nothing else but a sinner. If I opened my mouth, I spoke amiss. If I sat still, there was sin in my silence. I remember that, when the Spirit of God was thus dealing with me, I used to feel myself to be a sinner even when I was in the house of God. I thought that, when I sang, I was mocking the Lord with a solemn sound upon a false tongue; and if I prayed, I feared that I was sinning in my prayers, insulting him by uttering confessions which I did not feel, and asking for mercies with a faith that was not true at all, but only another form of unbelief…. If I wanted to sleep a while, or to be a little indifferent and careless, then some one or other of those Ten Commandments roughly aroused me, and looking on me with a frowning face, said, ‘You have broken me.’… The law said, ‘Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them,’ and. I knew I had not continued in all those things, so I saw myself accursed, turn which way I might.” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLI, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1895), p. 101-102]