Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
~~ Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV)
Judging, discriminating and discerning are words that sometimes get a bad rap in our politically correct society. They can be used to describe either positive or negative aspects of character.
I don’t think they had that problem in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the evening. They communicated directly, face to face. God told them what they needed to know. They didn’t have to puzzle it out for themselves.
Evidently that wasn’t enough. The enemy slithered up beside Eve and began to question her. “Did God say…?” But that isn’t the most egregious thing he said. In the next breath, he called God a liar. “You won’t die. You will be as smart as God.”
Wisdom and knowledge are not bad in themselves. They are qualities to sought and cultivated. However, the idea that one can be as wise as God is fallacious. God is infinite. There is no end, no beginning. He is the always in our universe. He has been here, will forever be here, unchanging, immutable, permanent, eternal.
When we listen to the voices around us, we can be drawn away from God’s purposes for our lives. God did not intend the serpent to tempt Eve, but He knew it would happen. And He had already decided upon the outcome. Before the serpent posed the question, He had decided to send Jesus as redeemer to a fallen world.
When we want to know, we need a double dose of discernment – the ability to separate the true from the false, the wise from the foolish. Dr. David Sills from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has a wise word for those who would know the will of God.
We have one other advantage
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ~~ John14:26 (KJV)
The Holy Spirit is our ace in the hole. If we learn to hear His voice, we will not fall for the partial truths of the enemy.
Help us to learn the voice of Your Holy Spirit. Keep us from error as we seek Your truth for our lives. Grant us the will and the perseverance to seek Your face first and foremost.
In Jesus’ most precious name,