“Did God really say…?” (Thru the Bible, part 2)
Genesis 3:1 and 3:4 records the Grandfather of all lies. “Did God really say…?” and “You will not surely die…” It was the serpents successful attempt to persuade Adam (see 3:6 to view Adam, like most men today, standing “with her” saying nothing) and Eve to doubt God’s Word and then disobey God’s Word. These same words and attitudes flourish today in different flavors and forms. Most common form heard and used by me – “I know God said, BUT…my situation is different…that was years ago…that’s your interpretation…etc., etc.” We are so quick to take the serpents bait in order to feed our own desire. That was the real temptation. Eve doubted God’s word, which led to corrupted desire. “So when the woman saw that the tree was GOOD for food, and that it was A DELIGHT to the eyes, and that the tree was TO BE DESIRED to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…” (Genesis 3:6).
We defeat temptation by believing God’s Word is ALWAYS best and good, no BUTS or doubts about it. We defeat temptation by seeing God as our GOOD and our DELIGHT and TO BE DESIRED above any fruit, or feeling, or purchase, or person, or anything else.
I like Psalm 34:8 – “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Father, open our hearts to see how good you are, to delight in you, and to desire you above all.