January 14, 2014 by Chris French
What is the saddest moment in the Bible for you? Maybe your mind flashes back to the scourging and execution of Jesus. Maybe you envision the scenes of Hell depicted in Scripture. For me the scene that breaks my heart comes from our reading today in Genesis 3. Yesterday afternoon Adam & Eve walked along the paths of the Garden of Eden conversing with God. Today a snake convinced Eve that the one thing they were told not to do might not be such a bad thing. After they ate the fruit they were cursed, the ground was cursed and distance in our relationship with God would become the norm. I can see Eve looking over and seeing the snake and walking over to talk to him. You want to rush over and direct her a different direction, you want to scream and get her attention. Instead each time I read this passage I’m forced to watch the first rebellion.
Today as I was reading thru the passage I noticed something I’ve skimmed over before. Focus in on the scene where Satan is talking to Eve after she told him about the restriction on the tree of the knowledge of good & evil. Read Gen. 3.4-5:
“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.”
Did you notice that Eve has apparently never even looked at the tree? She didn’t even know that the fruit looked good! What made her look this time? She’s been faithfully following God’s restriction, apparently going out of her way so she wouldn’t even see the tree. What could Satan have said that possibly would have made her not only look at it, but eat from it? Luckily we don’t have to guess. God recorded it for us! Satan’s argument was that Eve could be like God.
Now that hits pretty close to home! If I could have all that power and knowledge and be in complete control of my life what would I be willing to sacrifice? Eve threw everything away to make that happen and she’s not alone.
We go thru stages where we hand control of our lives over to God. Use me to do whatever you want. I’m Yours! Your will not mine! Then things get a little dicey and we start taking back control. It’s terrifying not being in control. When you were applying for a job and nobody wanted to hire you, when you don’t have enough money to pay the bills, when someone you love is deathly ill we aren’t in control and we don’t like it. I’m convinced that this is why I don’t like turbulence. I have zero control over whether the plane stays in the air or crashing into the side of a mountain. I don’t care about a little shifting and bouncing in the cabin, but if it gets out of hand and the pilot loses control I can do nothing to fix it. I’m not in control, but I wish I was. Most of us would sacrifice a lot so our lives would go exactly the way we designed them to. Unfortunately, or more precisely, fortunately Satan was lying to Eve and we’ve bought into the same lie. We aren’t currently and never will be in control of our lives. We live them and make decisions, but how everything works out is not in our control, and that’s a good thing!
Had I been in control of my life everything would not have “worked together for good”, I wouldn’t have molded myself into Jesus image (Rom. 8.28-29) and it certainly wouldn’t have worked out to bless you! Satan may have been lying to Eve, but he had one thing right in the Garden. God is in control. He is God when awful things happen to me and He still sits on His throne when my heart is broken. God is in control. I’m not. The road to happiness isn’t snatching control of my life from God, but getting to know and trust the One who does have control.