“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”” (Genesis 3:1)
This is a very familiar Bible story – but as I was reading it today, and through the conversation of a friend yesterday, it is a renewed reminder of the deceitfulness of sin.
We always question, I always question those things which are more than clear – God says don’t lie, don’t lust, but I say, “Well, this is different, not really what God meant when He said those things – God doesn’t really know what is best, for if He did, He would allow for this.”
God’s word is clear – and yet I question His goodness whenever I go against His written will. Do I really believe that God doesn’t have my best interest in mind? That He is withholding some good from me, by not allowing me certain things? It is the same, age old tactic of the serpent. “Has God said?” But who am I to believe?
“So the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.” (Deuteronomy 6:24)
All that the Lord commands is for our good – not so that He can rule over us, and laugh because He has cheated us out of so much fun, but rather that He has told us what is best, and the way we might be truly satisfied in Him.
May I be reminded that sin is deceitful, and may I be vigilant to fight for what is right, knowing that it is the Lord who is my good, and that He does not withhold anything that is good from His children.