“Did God really, say? Are you sure you can’t have just a little? Don’t YOU deserve to be happy too? YOLO (You only live once)” Ahh yes, doubt, Satan’s 2000 year old tried and true way for us to get off the path God has set for us. It worked on Eve all those years ago and unfortunately, it still works on us today.
Just by asking her the question “Did God really say?”, Satan was actually able to convince Eve that SHE knew better than God. In Genesis 3:2-3 Eve explains to Satan how God said that if they ate from the tree in the middle of the garden, or even touched it they would die.
To her explanation, Satan emphatically tells Eve “You won’t die”. Then basically says the following….[Not only will you not die but you will be like God and know everything.] So, Eve fell for it and she ate. Eve heard God say if they ate from that tree they would die. Period. There was no need to question or offer a lengthy explanation because the Great I AM said so and she heard HIM.
Many theologians say pride was what caused Eve to be tricked. I can see pride but I also see a contentment issue.
Eve had the perfect life. She didn’t have any stretch marks, she didn’t have to work or cook and her man thought she was perfect…there were NO OTHER women to compare her too. Yet even with perfection, Satan was able to convince Eve that she needed more.
I don’t know about y’all but I have done a whole lot of manipulating, calculating and rationalizing in an effort to get more only to end up with my head hung in shame just like dear Eve.
The amazing part of the story is the grace and forgiveness from God. I just love how Liz put it on her blog: “Yes, there were deep consequences because of their sin—there usually are—but because of God’s mercy, Adam and Eve did not remain stuck in their sin. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Eve couldn’t stop listening to her growling stomach or marveling at how pretty the fruit was or thinking how helpful it would be to have more knowledge. Our craving for more is manifested in every area of our lives. What do find yourself wanting more of (yet needing less of) in your life?
I find myself wanting more time. I always feel so rushed and I am constantly running late. In my desperate attempts to get just one more thing done, I am often harried and haggard when I arrive at my intended destination. If I am really honest, I am not always a good steward of my time. Facebook, surfing the net, talking on the phone can really get me distracted. When more time doesn’t appear, I move to wanting to have more money. More money would naturally mean more time… wouldn’t it?
Ok, your turn. Tell me in the comments!