Genesis 2:16 (NIV) And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Like Adam and Eve, we often choose to do what we think is best for ourselves, and disregard the warnings and wisdom of those who have proven viable in our lives, including God. In today’s reading God’s command was clear: V16-17, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Do you or have you experienced this “doing your own thing” mindset? When Satan, in the disguise of a serpent, approached Eve, he focused, as he so often does on the one thing that God had placed off limits. He diverted Eve’s attention from all the goodness surrounding her and Adam, the many trees from which they were free to eat. Then Satan called into question God’s wisdom and love. He seduced Eve into thinking she could do better by making her own decisions for her life and disregarding God’s clear command. Adam, of course doesn’t get a free pass here. Adam stood by while Eve was tempted and then joined in her bad decision to eat of the forbidden fruit. And together then sinned, even while surrounded by exponential blessings. I must confess right now, I have fallen for these trappings of Satan in my own life. How about you? How do move forward from this practice in our lives?
Maybe your own life’s story is like this now. Maybe you were brought up in a stable home, with loving parents and wonderful opportunities, or maybe you didn’t have the stable home, with loving parents’ life. At the end of the day if you are still alive and making it good or bad you have a chance with God. Yet the allure of doing your own thing has distracted you or does distract you from what you knew or know is best. The decisions we make can seem so simple, and yet the consequences can be devastating. We will always be confronted with choosing to do life our way or God’s way especially when pursuing something we desire: Wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, job, career, church, friend, lifestyle, and even spiritual life or death. Perhaps it maybe good idea for us to see or find out what God has to say about our choices in this next season of our lives.