In the beginning of the world, it was perfect.
God gave Adam and Eve endless freedom. They could enjoy the beautiful land in the Garden of Eden and bask in a pure relationship with the Lord Almighty. They were given authority over the animals, and they felt no shame over their appearance.
God was clear—enjoy it all! This is made for you! I love you! Eat anything you want, as much as you want! Just stay clear of that one tree in the middle of the garden, because if you touch it, you’ll die. And no one wants that!
Except one person. A crafty enemy slithered up and convinced them their beloved God is actually not looking out for their best interests. Oh, no—in fact, He’s doing the exact opposite, and withholding something good from them. Something they would want. He’s the selfish one, keeping His people in the dark.
And these two actually believed him. Here Adam and Eve had perfect fellowship with the Creator of the world and the Lord of their hearts. Yet, they bought into the lies of a snake over the truth of their God. And because of that, one bite into an apple led to their downfall—and to ours.
The problem is these are the same lies we’re being fed today. People are actually believing the persuasive speech of the enemy that God is not looking out for our best interests and He’s withholding good things from us. They’re entertaining this devious snake, biting into his forbidden fruit, and ultimately, being deceived. And they wonder why they’re facing a variety of downfalls in their own lives.
Plainly spoken, this snake is the devil, and he’s the reason God gets a bad rap and people misunderstand His character. But dear children of God, listen and see the Father’s heart instead.
He loves us better than anyone else ever could. He gave His one and only Son for us, so how could we ever think He’s holding out on us? Wanting ill-will over our lives? Withholding good things? He gives commands and establishes boundaries—not out of selfishness or prudence—but because He has our best interests at heart. Sin only leads to death, and no one wants that. Especially our good Father.
Jesus destroyed the works of the devil, so by His power, we can too. Today, as we look into the vast sky, may we see our perfect, holy, royal God beaming down on us, arms spread wide, so in love with us, waiting patiently for our attention and devotion. As children of God, let’s push aside deception and trust in truth. Let’s trust in Jesus.
- Do you truly believe God has your best interests at heart? Where do you tend to doubt that truth most?
- Is there a sinful habit you’ve kept alive in your life? Meditate further on 1 John 3:9—“Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.” May this be our prayer: “Lord, forgive me for falling into this trap of sin. Your way is better because your ways breed life and life abundantly. Give me the strength and perseverance to turn away!”
The Man and Woman Sin
1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
1 John 3:7-9
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.