Having It All

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. — Genesis 3:6

It wasn't called Paradise for nothing. Eve had it all. A secure home. Beautiful surroundings. Peace. An attentive man who longed for her companionship. Freedom to roam the garden and eat anything her heart desired. However, in spite of having the resources to fulfill all of her wants and needs, there was a nagging place of longing in Eve's soul. Satan saw this vulnerability and took advantage of the opportunity.

Of all the things Satan could have tempted Eve with, he chose food. While the fruit can be a metaphor for many things that might cause us to sin, it's interesting that he chose food. Eve was not physically hungry. She had plenty to eat. She was drawn to the fruit because it looked beautiful. She was drawn to the fruit because it looked beautiful. She was drawn to it because she thought it might make her like God.

We sin for the same reasons. Like Eve, every time we exchange long-term fellowship with God for the short-term reward of a pleasurable (but sinful) experience, we are saying that something is better suited to meet our needs than God Himself. That's a lot of pressure to put on a person, place, or thing.

Don't be afraid of that longing in your soul. Identify and acknowledge it. Then realize that nothing on earth can satisfy it except God.

Let's pray:

Father, You are enough. Help me to be satisfied with You alone. Amen.