And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Genesis 3:17-19 ESV
Sin is continually crouching at our door (see Gen. 4:7), waiting for just the right time to whisper lies. The serpent distorts truth and weasels his way into our lives looking for an opportunity to spin his web of deception. This constant battle is real!
Both Adam and Eve got tangled in this web. They listened to the evil one’s whispers instead of the echoes of God’s earlier command (2:16-17). With this disobedience came grave consequences. Though Christ would eventually come to make right what Adam wronged, the ramifications of the fall are still evident.
As we await the consummation of the restoration God is bringing to humankind, we must be on guard against Satan’s attempts to undermine our trust in the goodness of God. He wants to destroy your confidence and trust in God.
In what area of your life are you struggling to trust God? How can you better defend against Satan’s attacks against your view of God’s goodness?