Would you ever deliberately do the wrong thing?

Of course not – how stupid! We do what we deem to be best in the moment. So it follows that when we disobey God we must think that we know better than He does. Perhaps we doubt His direction, or His timing, or His goodness…

The first humans could walk with God in the garden. Through His generous provision, they could eat from the Tree of Life and live. He gave them only one restriction, ‘don’t eat from that tree or you will die’.

But we forget God’s gifts, overlook His generosity and lose sight of His perfect character.

‘You will not certainly die,’ the snake said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 

Genesis 1 v 4 – 6

The woman looks at the forbidden fruit and judges it good for food and pleasing to the eye. But it’s not only an animal longing that compels her. She knows this fruit to be good for gaining wisdom – to be ‘like God’. Her desire is for knowledge that is out-of-bounds.

Why would God have forbidden us to take that delicious fruit? Is He miserly or mean? Why would God have forbidden us this wisdom? Is He power-hungry, wanting to keep us in our place.

Or, does He know best?

It seems blindingly obvious to us now. Of course God is good; of course He knows best; of course it’s stupid to ignore Him. But that’s what we do every time we sin.

22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…

Romans 1 v 22

Every time we disobey God by holding on to more of our money that we ought, or lying to cover a mistake, or drinking until we lose self-control, we are making that same error. Every time we dismiss his limitations on our sexual behaviour as out-of-date or ignore His instruction to be sober as merely spoil-sporting, we are guilty of that same arrogance.

Like the child who ignores mum’s warning about eating all the ice cream and then complains of a stomach ache – we disobey God because we think we know best. What pointless and idiotic pride!

Putting it into Practice

  1. Humble yourself before God today. Acknowledge how often you try to sit on His throne instead of humbly accepting His wise rule.
  2. Praise God for His goodness and mercy in not treating you as your sins deserve. Thanks Him for so often protecting you from the consequences of your own pride.