what are you afraid of?

I have often wondered, no doubt like many of you, why Adam and Eve would ever do something as seemingly inexplicable as trading the serenity and beauty of their life in the Garden for one bite of an apple (or whatever kind of fruit it was). We think, “How could our original parents be so spiritually dull? How could they be so inconsiderate?” It’s always pretty easy to judge others or misunderstand their actions until we put ourselves in their place. That was the reason for Jesus’ instruction about learning to identify with others before we cast judgment upon them.

With that in mind, author Max Lucado makes an interesting observation about the motivation behind original sin in his book entitled “Fearless“.

“But then came the serpent, sowing seeds of doubt and offering a sweeter deal… Eve was afraid… Afraid that God was holding out, that she was missing out. Afraid Eden wasn’t enough. Afraid God wasn’t enough… Fear, mismanaged, leads to sin.”

Wow! Eve was simply afraid? She had everything she needed. The world was without the imperfections and troubles we have to deal with today. She had perfect relationship with God. Everything seemed to be pretty great and she was afraid?

Before you get too upset with Eve’s actions, let me ask you a question or two (remember the “identifying with others” rule above). Are you sitting in a comfortable place (like a coffee shop like I am), warm and dry? Did you drive your car to get there? Did you sleep in a warm bed last night? Did you get enough to eat at breakfast (or, like most Americans, too much)? Oh, one more question. What are you afraid of or, in other words, in what situation of your life are you not trusting God?

As Oswald Chambers points out, because “’God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you… may have an abundance…’ (2 Corinthians 9:8), then learn to lavish the grace of God on others, generously giving of yourself. Be marked and identified with God’s nature, and His blessing will flow through you all the time.”


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