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Aug
9

The Sin Trap

We all know the choice that will soon sit before Eve.  It sits before us too, in rote hope everyday that we will choose sin over God.

I have my own definitions and justifications of sin.  So do you.

And surely it will hurt no one.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”  Then the serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die. For God knows that in the day that you eat of it,  your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” 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. Genesis 3:1-6 

We are creatures of choice.

Eve coveted something that God had not yet chosen to give her. She gave into a taunt from satan instead of choosing obedience to God. And it cost her greatly.  No matter how protected we are in God’s bountiful sanctuary, evil can still creep in; sin can slither right to our feet and before we recognize it, our hand has reached to grasp.  And once our fist closes, sin wastes no time in dismembering in our heart what we know to be good and right and true. Then in the devil’s created chaos, we stop listening to God. We stop believing His truth because we have been tempted with two things:  something that is pleasing to us and the belief that it is better than what God is offering us – especially in those times He is asking us to wait.  The trap was set long ago and our perpetual falling into it keeps us from ever fully flourishing into what God is creating us to become.

Lack of patience creates sin.

Eve thought she deserved more than God had chosen to give her at that appointed time. I find no evidence in scripture that indicates God intended to withhold knowledge from her indefinitely.  I believe that God was teaching Eve like the child that she was.  God was teaching her important lessons of trust and patience. He was cultivating her spirit.

She lived in Eden with every need met and did not desire more until she thought more actually did exist.  I also believe that she loved God so much that she did desire to be like Him.  The devil made it easy for her to rationalize her sin.

God is good.

I love God.

I want to be like God.

Let’s eat.

There is a logic within that cannot be denied.  But we are not called to logic.  We are called to love and obedience, faithfulness and truth, patience that too often eludes us. Ignorance of God’s Word gives satan power over us to sow doubt for as long as we will let him.  But we have power over satan and here is how to harness it.

Take a trip into the wilderness

And He withdrew himself into the wilderness to pray Luke 5:16

Even Jesus retreated to be with God and He encouraged his disciples to do the same.

And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted placed for a while,” for there were many coming and going and they did not even have time to eat. Mark 6:31

Who am I to think I can skip my time with God every day?  Just as the tree was in the midst of the garden, so should Jesus be in the center of my existence. Quite possibly, I ought to live within the gifted moment and cherish it instead of wishing for God to rearrange things to suit my impatience, because God is teaching me patience yields good gifts. There is strength built in our times of waiting and there is endurance built in our times of obedience. Patience can sometimes be a test of our obedience, but always within our waiting, we are educated within God’s appropriate timing.  If we try to rush God, we miss the lesson He is teaching us.  If we sow patience and tend it, then we reap the wisdom of God in our harvest.

When I was a child, my mom and my grandma told me often, “Do not wish your life away,” for I was always wishing for Saturday to come or summer vacation to begin and my wishes were unending for time to pass. I want to give you some similar wisdom now – stop wishing away God’s asking you to wait, stop discounting the miracle you are waiting upon before God chooses to bestow it.

Sit still.

Listen.

Because between the I-wish and the coming-to-pass, there are moments to be lived and in those moments, God is speaking to us.

Are we listening?

 

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