Why would Eve trade paradise for the knowledge of good and evil? Why do I swap peace and joy to worry over a decision?
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I recently realized Eve and I share a common problem. We’ve both allowed the desire for knowledge to rob us from the pleasure of trusting God.
Choosing fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil made her miserable. My desire for the knowledge of good, better, and best has stolen my joy. See if you can relate.
I bought a neutral colored jacket I thought would go with everything. But after I brought it home, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear with it. The time to return it ran out before I realized my purchase wasn’t as smart as I’d thought.
“If only I’d thought it through better,” I moaned.
That’s when the Eve analogy struck me. The serpent told Eve that if she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she would be like God (Gen. 3:5).
- How many times have I beat myself up because of a decision that didn’t turn out well?
- Was my “If only I’d known,” an echo of Eve’s obsession with the tree of knowledge?
- Was I trying to be like God—all-knowing?
- Is my desire “to know” a way to replace my need for God?
What about you? Have you let decisions you’d like to do over with the knowledge you’ve gained from time and experience steal your peace?
Even though God’s Word and Spirit guide us, we still learn as we go. Even Jesus “grew in knowledge” when He walked the earth. Where did I get the idea errors are catastrophes? I’ve felt worse over a mistake than over sin. I knew God forgives sin, but I felt I had to pay for my mistakes.
Here’s a little grace and help for the next time you wrestle with indecision or over a poor decision.
- Before a decision ask God to lead you.
Sometimes that means first asking Him to help me want His will. I know His will is always good, acceptable, and perfect and leaves no regrets. Mine is often shortsighted and fickle.
Ironically, I’ve found surrendering my will to be freeing, not confining like you might think. However, wanting God’s best doesn’t mean things will turn out like you imagine. Many biblical saints hit bumps in the road when they were trusting God (John the Baptist, Daniel, and Joseph).
Recently, I practiced this during a visit to Chicago. A pair of boots captivated me. They were a timeless style, fit like a glove, and gorgeous. It was snowing outside (I needed them). I peeked at the price. Gasp! They cost a small fortune.
The store offered to hold my size to give me time to decide. A battle between why they made sense and why I was CRAZY to think about them ping-ponged through my mind. The next morning I asked God to guide me, especially in regard to the boots. I opened my Bible and read out loud. “Spare no expense!” (Is. 54:2 NLT).
Ginny and I laughed out loud. “Mom, you turned there on purpose.”
I hadn’t, but it assured me I didn’t need to worry. God would lead me.
When I tried the boots again, they rubbed my heels. I walked away without feeling deprived. I knew my Father wanted only what was best for me.
- Before and after a decision, exercise faith through thanksgiving.
God promises to cause “all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:27 NASB). Since God can’t lie, even when a decision doesn’t turn out as we’d hoped, we thank Him that He will use this for the good of those who love Him.
We may ask Him how we can participate in that. Maybe my jacket is meant for someone else or for another season. Maybe it’s a reminder He’s bigger than my shortcomings. Faith tells me to quit fretting and start resting in Him.
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- Lighten up.
God created us to need Him. Joy comes from leaning on Him, not from making perfect decisions.Since God erases our sins His grace certainly covers our mistakes. Click To TweetThere were two trees in the center of Eden. Satan diverted Eve away from the tree of life to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn:14:6). Let’s not let a decision or outcome draw us away from Him.
By the way, before we left Chicago a pair of ankle boots grabbed my attention. Cute, comfortable, and affordable!
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