We are all a product of the choices we make. God has given us the wonderful capacity to choose. He did not want living robots who could only do what they were programmed to do. He wanted real people who would choose to love and obey Him. The down side of our ability to choose is many times we choose poorly and hurt ourselves and others. Such was the case with Eve. She had everything, a beautiful place to live, a wonderful husband, and a life with no stress. Then along came the Serpent. He used his best tactics on Eve, doubt, deception, and discontent. First, the serpent caused Eve to doubt God. “…He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden, but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” Gn 3:1b-2 HCSB Then he deceived her by saying “No! You will not die… In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gn 3:4-5 HCSB Finally, he let discontent take its course as Eve longingly looked at what she should not have. “Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.” Gn 3:6 HCSB The consequences were devastating. No longer could they enjoy a beautiful garden growing without toil and sweat. Now they would have to work hard just to survive. No longer would child bearing be pure joy. Now intense pain would accompany this amazing event. No longer would Adam and Eve live in relational harmony. Now they would always struggle over who was in charge.
We look back to this time and wonder how could someone who had everything want more? Yet, we are just like Eve. No matter how many blessings God bestows on us, we want the one thing we can’t have. We want the one thing God has said no to. For each of us our discontent is in a different area. The Devil knows our weaknesses and he plays them well.
How can we choose wisely and reject Satan’s lies? First, we must know the truth and hold fast to God’s word. Reading, memorizing, and studying God’s Word is our lifeline to good choices. Second, we have to live what we believe. We need to develop Godly habits that keep us following the good and right way. Third, we must be content with what we have. When we start taking for granted the blessings of God and begin to look around for greener pastures, we are in trouble. Everyday we must count our blessings and praise the God of creation who has given us many good things now and the promise of a better life to come. Choose wisely and avoid the devastating consequences of sin.