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?”
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.
“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.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.
“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.”
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.
Often times we look upon the end result as sin but neglect to consider the catalyst which brought us to that point in the first place. One could argue that the catalyst was having a conversation with the enemy in the first place, however, Eve did not recognize the serpent as the enemy. Often, neither do we until we are engaged in conversation.
I believe if we look at this passage carefully enough, we will see the true catalyst. Read Genesis 3:1-6 again. Do you see it?
The serpent poses a question. Eve responds by saying what God has told them. Yes, I know some people will try to inject here that she didn't say exactly what God said to which I will say, how do you really know that God did not say that at some point in time. You don't, so it is a non-issue. The important thing is she did say that God told them not to eat the fruit.
At this point all is well. The serpent asks a question and Eve responds by telling it what God said. This is exactly what we should do, isn't it?
At this point, the enemy does what he always does. He attempts to contradict God's Word. In this case, he replies that they won't die and furthermore... he basically says that God told them that because He didn't want them to become like Him. Now if that were true, it seems very strange that God would even put the tree there in the first place but apparently that thought never crossed Eve's mind either. We've all fallen victim to smooth-talkers before and when we do, logic generally flies out the window. Sigh...
Now Eve has a choice. We often believe that her choice was whether or not she would eat the fruit but in reality that wasn't her choice. Her choice was whether or not she would trust God. If you don't believe me, consider this question. If Eve believed what God said, if she trusted that what He said was true, would she (or Adam for that matter) have eaten the fruit? No they wouldn't have so what this all boils down to is a trust issue.
The human race has trust issues. We see evidence of that all around us. Of course there are legitimate reasons to not trust someone for we live in a fallen world but I am not talking about that. Trust issues tear relationships apart or even prevent relationships from forming in the first place. We have trust issues to the point that it is just not restricted to non-Christians but Christians experience it as well and it is particularly evident when it comes to God. The natural inclination of the human race is to not trust God.
Now that we've identified the problem, we can do something about it. Knowing our propensity to not trust God, we must take steps to consciously go against the enemy's devices (and our own propensity) and resolve to trust God. Yes, resolve to do so for trust requires a conscious effort on our part.
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him and He Will help you. Psalm 37:5
I turned my head to the left and I can see the painting my daughter-in-law did for me a couple of years ago. On that painting I see the words, faith, hope and... trust and I can see one of the verses she painted on the side which is:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Matthew 6:33
Saturate your mind with music which edifies God and reminds you of God's promises. Like the first point, if we are concentrating on who God is and what He has said, the enemy has a much harder time getting us to listen to him simply because we are too busy listening to God.
Take the time to read or listen to the testimonies of others. We need to find people who trust God. We need to listen to their stories about God's faithfulness. Far too often, Christians avoid the Old Testament but in the Old Testament you find so many accounts of God's faithfulness. For example, the story of Elijah and the widow reminds me that if I am obedient to God, He will care for me. It also reminds me that I don't need to be afraid to give as God directs. He will provide.
There are also many modern accounts of God helping and providing for people who trust in Him. We need to tuck these things away in our minds as well as reminders. This is Biblical for in the Old Testament, God commanded that memorials be set up as reminders of what He had done in the past so that we could trust Him in the future.
This brings me to my last point.
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,- Nahum 1:7 (NIV)
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Excellent blog - this was my point in one of my recent blogs - that with out faith we cannot please God, and that faith is defined as trusting Gods word to be true, as in the example of Abraham as in Romans 4 - unwavering faith that what God has promised is true and correct and not false.