Christian Devotions

Knowledge and Temptation

Focus verses: Genesis 3:1-20

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and a little is all most of us ever get.” I don’t know who said it first, but my grandmother quoted it often.

The first sin in the Bible is exactly that. Eve had a little knowledge about what looked good to eat. But she had no first-hand knowledge of the ramifications of eating the fruit that Satan was showing her. She did, however, have the word of God which told her not to eat it.

Strawberries are wonderful! Beautiful to look at, sweet and a little tart on the tongue. Even nutritious. But if you are allergic to them, they are poison in your system.

I cannot think of any sin that doesn’t begin exactly as this first sin in the Garden of Eden. Satan sees something that he can make look good to you. Then he sits on your shoulder and whispers in your ear.

Shh, God isn’t big enough. He isn’t always right. Sometimes He has selfish motives.
You can be in charge.
This is how you do it.

He will package the “this is how you do it” part in something that is a natural temptation to you. He gets you to looking at a temptation, thinking about it, obsessing over it and finally yielding to it.

Look at the progression. The first thing he does is ask a question — one that questions God’s commands.

“Did God really say..?”
Then Eve said “Yes, God said…”
At which point Satan has the temerity to call God a liar!
That is the first lie of the father of all lies. When we believe that lie, we are undone.

God is not a man that He should lie.

This week, I’m looking at the things that tempt me most. Pleasures, time-wasters, indulgences. What does God say about the way I pleasure myself and spend my time, energy and money?

It’s going to be a difficult week.

Father, God,

Helps us to examine ourselves and the plans You have for our lives. Give us the strength and will to follow Your path rather than our own temptations. Teach us to temper our small knowledge with the knowledge of Your word.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.
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