Last week in Genesis 3: 6a – we discussed how Eve was tempted by Satan. As she observed the fruit of the tree, she was persuaded that it would provide great wisdom. But isn’t wisdom apart from God, dangerous? Remember when Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park remarked: “Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
If only Eve had first considered if she should. God had given Adam and Eve a perfect environment, providing every food in the Garden edible but one, and yet that wasn’t enough. The one she shouldn’t have was the one she wanted. That one would give her power, the devil professed. So she disobeyed, placing her own desire above God’s, and by doing so, brought down her entire family.
Have we ever wondered if we would have been stronger than Eve? Could we have resisted the temptation of the devil? How do we handle temptations? Are we strong enough to resist or do we, even now, give in during a moment of weakness?
As it proclaims in 1 Corinthians 10:23, God gave us Free Will to consume anything. Although any food is permissible in moderation, not all provisions are beneficial for our health. In other words, just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.
Human nature never changes, does it? We tell ourselves, just as Eve did, “What harm could come of consuming a 1,600 calorie double bacon cheeseburger? So what? I’m not harming anyone!”
We can act like spoiled children at times. Do we want more? Well, sometimes we want it ALL . . . with French fries and a chemically-based sugary soda! If you gave your child all he/she desired, would that be good for them? They most likely would become spoiled and self-indulgent. Yet today, we indulge our children with everything the world has to offer: iPhones, Facebook, “Selfies,” automobiles, televisions, computers, even chemically-prepared processed dinners and fast food. What has happened to our family because of our it?
Haven’t we figured out after all this time, there are no victimless crimes? Do we think our sin of gluttony and overindulgence doesn’t affect anyone else?! Sitting by a hospital bed while a beloved family member wastes away from cancer, diabetes, stroke, kidney or heart disease caused by chemically-processed overindulgence, affects everyone who loved them. We suffer!
I don’t know who created the dinners at Adam and Eve’s home, but this I do know: the choice she offered Adam, forever affected those around her. Mankind has been enticed ever since with right or wrong choices. Do we still desire food even more than God sometimes? Unfortunately, yes. When temptation occurs, remember that there are no “victimless” crimes. Everyone suffers. If we make wrong choices and allow certain foods or gluttony to become our god, it can also wreak havoc, affecting those around us.
God has given you the desires of your heart here on Earth, it’s called Free Will. Where will that lead? To rebellion or sacrificial love?
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.…” (Galatians 5: 16-17)