Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when 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, 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, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
(GENESIS 3:1-13, ESV)
At the heart of our faith is our ability to stop and surrender to God, to trust Him and obey Him.
The serpent first deceived Eve, then Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree he told them not to eat from.
Willful disobedience is the very heart of sin in our lives.
When God asked Adam about his sin, Adam blamed Eve.
Then Eve blamed the serpent.
How easy it is to excuse our sins by blaming someone else for our circumstances.
However, God knows the truth and he will hold each of us responsible for what we do and how we act (see Genesis 3:14-19).
Sin, or disobedience to God, is something we are born with and it passes down from generation to generation, from Adam to us.
How we respond to sin is important when it comes to our fellowship with God.
Unconfessed sin in our lives can hinder our relationship with God and other people.
THE BIG QUESTION
Satan always tries to tempt us to doubt God’s truth and God’s love for us.
Is he attempting to do this in your life right now in some particular area?
Do you tend to blame someone else or your circumstances when you do something wrong in your life?
Confess any unconfessed sin in your life that might be hindering your relationship with God and the people in your life.
Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.