“‘No, you won’t!’ the snake replied. ‘God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see…just as God does.’ The woman stared at the fruit…She wanted the wisdom that it would give her…”
Genesis 3:4-6 CEV
Mistake #4 – Eve wanted more.
Hmmmm…is wanting more a bad thing?
There’s nothing wrong in wanting to better oneself or improve one’s life.
In fact, we know that many people in the Bible who were faithful servants of God prospered. Check out the stories of Abraham, Joseph, Job, David and Solomon to name a few.
However, embedded in every story was an underlying element – they were obedient to God.
In the case of Eve however, wanting more, giving in to her curiousity, was in direct contrast to what God required.
Sometimes our curiousity leads us down paths we never should have walked.
Certain things, we just need to accept by faith.
We are told, “…It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
Acts 1:7 KJV
We won’t understand everything. Certain things will remain a mystery until such time as God chooses to reveal His plans to us.
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God…” Deuteronomy 29:29a KJV
“What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete…” 1 Corinthians 13:12 GNB
Embedded in the devil’s response to Eve’s reply [“God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see…just as God does”] was a familiar taunt, “You could be like God!”
This is the kind of thinking that got Lucifer kicked out of heaven in the first place. (Revelations 12:7-9)
He did not want to be subject to God’s leadership; he wanted to be God.
Friends, when we dare to oppose or reject God’s instructions, how are we any different?
Such action is in direct opposition to living a life of faith.
After all, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”
Hebrews 11:1 GNB
It is accepting that the God who created us, wants the very best for us; therefore the guidelines He provides are for our benefit and ought to be accepted without reservation.