Hidden in the shadows he waited for just the right moment. An opportunity like no other.
As she wandered alone between the trees, pausing now and again, perhaps to inspect the fruit, check for ripeness, to plan her menu for the week – we can’t know for sure, as Scripture doesn’t provide the details. We can assume, though, that as one formed for companionship, the completer of the man, she would fill her days with pleasant tasks of tending the Garden, preparing meals, delighting in the work of caring for her home and family.
The Deceiver stepped up from behind maybe, moving to stand beside her… or perhaps he walked up and faced her to initiate the conversation. There appeared to be nothing odd in his speaking, as she showed no surprise with her response.
Jesus said in John 10, The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy.
Genesis chapter 3 changed everything for Creation.
The Deceiver, this enemy of our souls, is not on our side, although he pretends, and tries to convince us we’re missing out by listening to God and doing things His way.
He’s lying to you. He’s keeping something from you, he told her. You could know more. You could be like Him, if you eat the fruit He’s forbidden.
In believing the lie and taking what wasn’t meant for her, she traded innocence for heartache. Yes, she knew more. But was it worth it? What would she give to go back to how things were? To how things were meant to be.
Then suddenly the urge to hide. They’d never felt this shame before, this fear of God and of being found out, this knowing of something being wrong, not only around them but inside them.
If only she’d been more adamant about trusting God’s instructions, and refused to listen to the Tempter. If only she’d resisted his suggestion and walked away…
How each of us longs to turn back the clock on some moment of our history. Only a couple minutes. A half hour. Not much – just time enough for a re-do.
What did Eve think when she realized she’d listened to the wrong voice? And trusted her own ability to figure things out, her own reasoning… when she faced the results of that one simple decision, knowing she couldn’t go back…
How unfortunate, we still live too many days thinking we know more. And we continue listening to the wrong voices and making decisions against God’s will.
I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10
Jesus says His sheep know His voice and follow Him.
He’s not the one lying to us. And if He’s withholding something, it’s because He has something better in mind.