God knows what is good for us. I love this about Him because there is a purpose to all His the things He asks us to obey and avoid. He does this because He wants to protect us.Satan, on the other hand, wants to deceive us. He wants us to doubt God’s intentions towards us. All you have to do is look at what is going on in the world to see that he is having a field day. People are being deceived into thinking that God wants to control us, not allow us to be our own person or to express who we really are. The list is endless. Just watch the news and you’ll see what I’m trying to point out.
I have read the story of the fall of man so many times that it is hard not to gloss over it. This time around I was struck by the fact that God is our ultimate protector. He calls us to avoid the things of this world because He knows if we expose ourselves to them we’ll weaken ourselves spiritually and possibly get hurt in the process.
If you have the time please read through Genesis 2-3. If you don’t have the time here are the highlights:
Genesis 3:1 (Satan) starts to put doubt into Eve’s mind, “Indeed, as God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?'”
The truth of the matter is that God provided for Adam and Eve all they needed. They could eat from any tree in the garden, “Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food” (Genesis 2:9a).
God allows Adam and Eve to eat of any tree except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “The Lord God commanded the man saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat from it you will surely die'” (Genesis 2:16-17).
What Eve knows:
Eve knows she isn’t suppose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “The woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we shall eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die'” (Genesis 3:2-3).
Satan twisting God’s Word:
Satan uses doubt to twist Eve’s mind into thinking that God is withholding something good from her, “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die! For God knows that the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil'” (Genesis 3:4-5). What Satan said is a twisted version of the truth – They will know good and evil and with this knowledge they will start to die.
God had a protecting hand over His creation. He knew if Adam and Eve exposed themselves to knowledge that was potentially harmful that they’d lose their innocence by their gained knowledge. This, my friends, ended up harming them and all of mankind. It is the reason why we are in the situation we are in today. Sin entreated into the world because Adam and Eve listened to Satan’s lies and deceived themselves into thinking God was withholding something from them.
The world is a harmful place because Satan is in it. He wants to deceive us into believing what God says is a lie. He twists the truth and tries to open our eyes to the things of this world so we’ll desire them more than God. Don’t be deceived. Don’t allow the world to dictate to you what you should believe. God’s Word is the truth even if it is sometimes hard to understand. We just have to trust that God knows what’s best for us. Learn from Adam and Eve, trust in God and believe what He says is ultimately for our own good.