This week we are thrilled to begin a new series on the women of the Old Testement. We kick it off this week with Eve as our featured lady. We pray it blesses you!
“I can’t believe I did that!”
That’s a statement we might utter if we’ve done something that we later regretted. If you’re like me there’s probably been a time or two that you didn’t make the wisest choice. This is where my dear sister, Eve found herself. And well, I feel her pain. Not only did she mess up, but her mess up went down in biblical history.
Eve was trying to do the right thing based on wrong information. Have you ever done that? It’s when you take a stand or make a decision to act, only to later realize that you have been misinformed about the facts. If you’ve been there, you know it can leave you feeling less than smart.
Imagine Eve, this lady didn’t have any girlfriends to bounce her thoughts off of and see where they landed. True she was in the garden where everything was perfect and she was well loved and cared for, but then came a wrong choice. Eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil didn’t work out so well for her.
She lost the presence of God. She got put out of the only home she’d ever known and barred from ever returning. Her husband lost his job on easy street and would work harder and have less time for her. And now, to birth a bundle of joy was going to hurt, really bad.
But how could this happen? Perhaps you’ve asked this question about your own life. Well, “what had happened was,” the serpent came to her and started a conversation. I think that was Eve’s first mistake. She listened. Whether she recognized who she was talking to or not is irrelevant. The results are the same. Veering onto that path of conversation with the enemy can be detrimental for us all.
Now the serpent didn’t just try to confront her to make her disobey God, no he fed her just enough truth and an itsy-bitsy lie. Oh that enemy is very deceptive. Through their discussion the serpent basically tricked Eve into believing she would be doing the right thing by eating from the forbidden tree. She reasoned that she would be pleasing God by trying to get knowledge to become more like him.
The only problem was that God had said don’t eat of it.
How many of us want to know more and more, constantly taking in knowledge simply for the purpose of having the knowledge. Why? Does it make us smarter? Is knowing every detail of a crime reported on the news really important? Is it necessary to know all about a situation before we pray?
At times, knowledge can be very good, but let me caution you about thinking that the knowledge of good and evil will help you become more like God. In some cases, the more people know, the less they trust God. It’s only our spirit that is capable of taking more ground in our pursuit of the Father. After all, there are biblical scholars that can answer questions about the Bible, but have not yet come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” -Proverbs 9:10
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” -Proverbs 4:7
Basically knowledge in itself only puffs up, but knowledge with understanding is wisdom.
I think there are a couple of things we can learn from Eve’s experience.
Number one, pray for discernment to recognize the enemy when he comes to you in your face or in your mind, your thoughts. That’s the first opportunity to derail him and the destructive plan he has for your life. His plan is thrust into action, only when we accept his thoughts. So, just say no. Choose not to entertain them. Guard your heart.
Number two, know that the enemy is a liar. He is the Father of all lies. His job is to make you believe the opposite of what God has said. He is an expert at making wrong look right, and bad seem good.That’s why it is so important to keep the word of God before our eyes and in our hearts. Continue to study the word of God to increase your ability to spot a lie.
Finally, if you do get caught in the enemy’s trap, just repent and return to number one.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.