Eve. She sounds a bit naive at the beginning of the story. But what is it about her inclination to think of herself? She sounds young, and maybe in a sense she is when the story is just in its inception.
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 some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband , who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:6 NIV)
How did she see that the fruit was good?
Was that all it took for the serpent to lure her away from the truth?
It all makes me wonder how much of God she knew before she was tempted. Didn’t the Lord, God, often walk with them in the cool of the garden? Didn’t Eve, our ancestor get a feel of who this Creator was? Or did she not have enough time before satan – the adversary – swooped down to destroy?
I have no idea. But something tells me, she just didn’t know Him well enough. She didn’t understand God, at least not yet. Did she ever, really?
What I would do (with the benefit of hindsight) for a chance like Eve had to actually walk with God and experience His goodness in such vivid colour! He made them a garden. It must have been magnificent. He walked and talked with them!
I would have so many questions for Him. I would want a sneak peak into His process of creating the world. I would want to see the heavens.
There are so many things Eve had the chance to enjoy. The whole land was up for grabs. So much beauty, so much peace. She didn’t have to worry about anything. No fear of being robbed, or killed. No fear of animals. Nothing.
And yet, it was tempting for her to think of being like God and knowing good from evil. Why wasn’t knowing God enough?
Why isn’t God enough for us?
Perhaps we do have a chance to rewrite the story for ourselves in our own lives. We can get to know Him while we are here in this short time. We can get to talk with Him, and walk with Him. And when the adversary comes, we can say, “Get thee behind me satan!”
We absolutely cannot do this on our own. Ask Peter how it felt to betray his own confession of devotion.
Today, we are weak, and helpless. We should heed the words of Christ Jesus. “Pray, that you do not fall into temptation.”
Lord, God. Our Father in heaven. We praise and acknowledge You for who You are. Help us to love You. Change our hearts. Give us a hunger and thirst for righteousness and satisfy us, Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.