Sunday Scriptures — Don’t Trade What Is Right for What is Wrong

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Edmond trades what is right for what is wrong. His life was demanded in return for his  unwise choice.

If you haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, spoiler alert ahead.

While in Narnia, Edmond trades his soul to the White Witch, that most beautiful lady, for a box of candy; Turkish Delight. He decides to trade what is right for what is wrong. When the White Witch demands Edmond’s live in return, Aslan the Lion, willingly trades his life for Edmond’s.

At the hands of the White Witch, Aslan is sacrificed in Edmond’s place.

BUT.

The witch did not know the power of Aslan. She did not know he would be resurrected. She did not know Aslan would defeat her in battle.

It’s easy to point out the folly of Edmond’s selfish choices and decisions. If I really consider the truth, however, I realize I’m not so different from Edmond. I’ve made poor selfish choices and decisions myself.

I’ve traded what is right for what is wrong. Maybe I haven’t been tricked by a box of candy, but I have allowed myself to be tricked by the father of all lies, Satan.

Maybe you have as well.

We think we’re standing pretty solid in our faith walk and aren’t as vigilant as we should be. Satan shows up and offers us whatever Turkish Delight will tempt us. We accept the candy he peddles. It’s really rather tasty. And like Edmond we have a choice of where to place our allegiance.

Do we become enslaved to the provider of the confection which only gives momentarily delight, or do we place our hope and trust in the One who frees us from our chains and provides us with eternal life?

Do we trade what is right for what is wrong?

Fortunately for Edmund, Aslan willingly traded places with him and satisfied the penalty of death the White Witch demanded with his own life.

As those who belong to Jesus through our faith in him, we have the Messiah, our Savior, our King who traded places with us and satisfied the penalty of death sin demands with his own life.

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Keep awake! Watch at all times. The devil is working against you. He is walking around like a hungry lion with his mouth open. He is looking for someone to eat. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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