“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her and he ate.” Gen. 3:6
From the beginning of time until now, humans think they know best. God has given us direction in so much and yet we all, as Eve, think we know better. Eve was seeking wisdom, but in her foolishness she received death and death for all mankind. It seemed like such an innocent mistake; eating a piece of fruit. It doesn’t seem like such a bad thing and yet it changed everything for all of eternity.
So often I make a choice for what seems like a small thing, but I know it’s not good for me. I choose to do that which I know God would not want me to do and although it doesn’t have the far reaching consequences for all of history for all of mankind like Eve’s decision, I know that it has far reaching consequences for me and it could also have consequences for more than I can even know.
With this knowledge, why do I do it? Why did Eve do it? I don’t have the answers, but I do know that it is a dilemma that has been pondered by one who is much wiser than I.
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate that I do. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7: 15, 24
Paul doesn’t understand our human nature either, but what he is sure of and what I am sure of is that our Lord, Jesus Christ, can deliver us. This gives me hope that I can make the right decisions with the help of the Lord. It’s my decision however to chose that which pleases the Lord.
Lord, thank you for your Holy Spirit which can testify to me that which is your will. Help me to seek after to you and have the strength to listen to your still small voice in my life.