2011-09-05 - What Would Adam Say?
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."(Genesis 2:18)
I had a relationship with God that was unconditional, encouraging, and loyal. I thought things were great as they were. God saw that I was missing something and brought someone into my life. When I first saw this person, wow. I named the woman, Eve for she was created from me personally. Eve is more beautiful and more fun than the animals, and it's easier to communicate with her than them. Now there is someone to share the garden with. God does know best.
I had the perfect environment to live in. God, in His ultimate authority gave me, the garden's resident, only one rule: not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil found in the middle of the garden. If I did, I would discover good and bad and leave myself open to right and wrong, whatever they are. There were so many other foods to try. I didn't feel limited in my food choices, and I obeyed God's request to stay away from that tree in the center, until the serpent came along.
Everything was great until the serpent (Satan) tried to convince Eve, my wife, that God was trying to hide something from her if she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent undermined God's authority, and unfortunately, succeeded in persuading Eve to eat from the banned tree. Eve then persuaded me.
I wish we did not act on the serpent's lies. He twisted the truth around for his own gain. God punished Eve and myself for eating from the off-limits tree. Undermining His authority wasn't worth it. I never dreamed there would be so many consequences for our disobedience. Because of what we've done we get to experience fear, embarrassment, and death. Men will work hard, and childbirth will be painful for women. Not to mention Eve and I being banished from the Garden of Eden.
Lord, I trust You as the ultimate authority in my life, even when things appear unfair. Give me a heart that follows after You. I want our communication to be intact and never broken. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.