“And the Lord commanded the man, saying: ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’….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 desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Genesis 2:16-3:6
Disobedience is almost as old as humankind. God created Adam and Eve and gave them only one restriction — do not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. One commandment and almost immediately they disobey it!
Why? The serpent sows doubt in Eve’s mind. Maybe God didn’t really mean what He said; maybe she misunderstood Him; maybe God has some ulterior motive that is for His benefit, not hers. Plus, the fruit really looked good, and she was hungry.
Nothing has really changed. I know at times I apply the same faulty reasoning that Eve did. It’s hard to discern God’s will; times have changed, and some of God’s rules seem outdated and unnecessary; that sin is really attractive, and I don’t see how it would hurt me; and the big one — can I really trust God?
I think it all boils down to trust. The Bible tells us:
“…for those who love God all things work together for good, …”Romans 8:29
If we trust in this promise, we’ll try to obey God’s rules. They are given to us for our benefit. The things that seem unclear, that seem unreasonable, that deprive us of what looks good or feels pleasurable will only hurt us in the long run. Of course, like our first parents, we’ll still disobey. We’ll fall short. We’ll miss the mark. God provided for that, too.
“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness (Christ’s) leads to justification and life for all men.” Romans 5:18
Disobedience started in the garden; it’s results ended in Christ. Trust God who works all things for our good.