Read Genesis 3:1-7
Eve…the first woman, the first wife, the first mother. Most of us are familiar with this story. For me, it’s not only because I’ve heard it many times, but I’ve also lived it more often than I would like to admit, falling into temptation and making bad decisions that go against God’s instructions.
Initially, Eve’s motivation behind her sin does not necessarily seem bad, to be wise, and to be more like God, however she placed her desire to be like God above her desire to follow God. Attempting to elevate her status by disobeying His commands, she fell into sin. If we are presented with a situation where the end results seem positive but the means to achieve them go against what the Bible says, a warning flag should go up in our minds. We need to consult God in our decision-making process through prayer, scripture, and seeking wise counsel when appropriate.
God’s commands are put in place to protect us and bring us closer to Him. Sometimes this is easy to see. For example, “Do not commit adultery.” We know (either firsthand or by witnessing other’s go through it) the pain that infidelity causes. It makes sense to avoid it. However, other times we don’t see the reasoning behind God’s teachings which can make them feel restrictive. Here is where it becomes tempting to disregard them. We must trust God’s infinite knowledge and believe His instructions are for our good, even when we don’t understand why.
Eve’s actions also showed a lack of contentment. God gave her and Adam a garden full of delicious fruit trees. Why did she need to eat from the off-limits one? When we focus on what we don’t have instead of what God has provided us, discontentment can set in and alter our decisions. The greatest antidote for discontentment is gratitude. When we are giving thanks to God, our focus shifts away from what feel we are lacking and onto our abundant blessings.
Let’s not forget Satan’s role in this.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
The tactics he used with Eve, continue to work for him today. Satan can convince us to give in to our temptations by preying on our discontentment and trying to convince us that God is withholding good things from us. We need to be on guard against his deception and be aware of our areas of weakness that he can potentially use to tempt us into sin and separate us from God.
1. Do you identify with Eve? How so?
2. Are there commands in the Bible that you have a hard time following because you don’t understand the reason for them?
3. Can you identify areas of weakness in your life that could make it easy to fall into temptation?
4. What is one thing you can do to help combat discontentment and resist temptation?