I was reading the creation story the other day and was struck once again at how easily Satan deceived Eve. Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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.
What struck me in this account is that the cunning serpent (the devil) was wise enough to whisper enticing words of deception to Eve when she was all alone. Adam wasn’t on the scene. Why was the devil so effective? It would appear that part of the reason for his success in tempting Eve to make a horribly wrong decision is because she was not with Adam. She consulted no one about the temptation she had received. She consulted no one during her deliberation as to whether to actually eat from the forbidden tree of good and evil. She consulted no one before making a huge, life-changing decision. It seemed beneficial to her. So, she just did it!
We can learn from Eve’s mistake. If you’re considering a major decision in life (quitting your job, leveraging all your savings on a new money-making idea, separating from your husband, bailing your teen out of natural consequences of bad decisions, etc), pause before acting! Consult a godly mentor. Better yet, pray with several wise and godly people in your life. Ask them all to seek guidance from the Bible and the Holy Spirit. You will often spare yourself unnecessary pain in the long run!
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