Genesis 3:1-4 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 will not surely die.For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
I can already see it in my mind. The story that could have been, one of victory and triumph. The serpent leaving the garden with a limp, tail between his legs when Eve confidently declares,” God is not a liar, you are” to his audacious claims, “You shall not surely die”.
Oh such audacity and pride, for the enemy to declare to Eve, “You shall not surely die” On one part he’s making an entirely new promise of knowledge of good and evil and on the other part a vehement claim that God is a liar.
But haven’t we all gone through such moments? When the seduction of sin seemed like a reality. When the consequences of our sin seemed just a little blurry when contrasted to the beaming satisfaction of our answered curiosity.
Since the beginning, the enemy has been trying to convince us that our lives are meaningless. If we truly believed that our lives have meaning, then we would also believe that our actions have eternal consequences. I’m certain if Adam and Eve would have had even just a short preview and seen what the world looks like right now, they certainly would have turned back to the serpent with an equally audacious claim, “God is not a liar, you are.”
Sin is seductive and deceiving. At heat of the moment, the devil will toy and distort reality in our minds just as he attempted in promising Jesus the kingdoms of world if only He would bow to him. Or when, in scheming fashion, he asks Jesus to throw Himself so that the angels can catch him but conveniently omits the next verse that says, “You shall tread over the lion and the cobra”. Hasn’t the Bible already warned us, that the enemy of our souls is cunning, and will do whatever it takes, including masquerading as an angel of light in order to deceive us.
Like Adam and Eve, we may fail to appreciate the eternal consequence of our sin; our own death. The enemy will overstate the “goodness” and the benefit we gain from our sin and suddenly the truth that God spoke becomes a mere inconvenience, a stumbling block to “what we really want“.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
So what are we to do when the devourer dangles sin in order to bait us? Let us remember that we are not without help. We do not need to have a could have been story because we are not without promise and coupled with that is that we have a gracious Helper. We can trust His word, we can rely on His faithfulness. When the enemy comes, roaring like a lion and seeking to devour, our defense is the truth. It ends with victory and triumph. God is not a liar, He has promised a way out, watch out for it.