When God created Adam and Eve He gave them a clear instruction, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). This was God’s plan. For a while Adam and Eve allowed His voice to be their guide. It wasn’t long before the voice of another came and began to speak contrary to what God had said. The serpent’s voice rang loud, “You will not certainly die” (Genesis 3: 4) he said to Eve.
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took it and ate it” (Genesis 3:6).
We have a tendency in life to believe that if something is good, pleasing and desirable that it must be right for us. However, as Eve discovered, just because something is good, pleasing and desirable it does not mean it is God’s plan for our lives. Eve let the serpent’s words shape her decision.
“The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate it’” (Genesis 3:13)
The chances are there will be at least one person, in any situation in life, encouraging you to go against God’s plan. This does not mean they are the devil, but he can and will use their words to get you off track. It can be really hard to even stop and consider that maybe it is not God’s plan if it feels right and people are encouraging you to do it. But as followers of Jesus we need to be mindful that God’s voice speaks louder than any other.
By getting into the Word, talking and listening to God and seeking counsel from older and wiser Christians we can be confident we are making a way for God’s voice to come through. The next step is making the difficult decision to follow God rather than what you want to do.
Grace vs. consequences
Adam and Eve made the wrong choice. They listened to the serpent’s voice rather than God’s. And yet in Genesis 3:21 it says “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”.
Many people have an idea of God that if they mess up He will be disappointed in them and because of that leave them on their own. But this isn’t true; God still loves us despite our disobedience. As he did for Adam and Eve, He still provides for us and takes care of us even after we have gone against Him.
This doesn’t mean God will shield us from the consequences of our actions. Genesis 3: 16-19 details what the consequences are for Adam and Eve’s disobedience. God still cared for Adam and Eve, but this doesn’t mean He protected them from the consequences. God’s grace for our sin doesn’t mean there won’t be earthly consequences for our actions.