Do you ever make a choice that you know isn’t going to be the right one. However, you convince yourself that it will be okay and you will face whatever consequence comes with it? I made one of those choices yesterday with a pair of shoes I choose to wear. I was going to have a fun filled day with some friends, so of course I had to wear something cute. I own a pair of wedges but the problem with them is that they absolutely destroy my feet. I knew that I was going to be doing a lot of walking and that these were probably not the best choice in shoes to wear that day. But for the sake of my outfit by golly it was going to be with worth it (if you are a boy reading this, I promise this has a point). Friends let me tell you by the ending of the day I was barely able to walk from the blisters on my feet. To make matters worse I had also spilt green tea all over my white pants and down the front of my shirt. So not only was I limping around, I also looked like I had dropped green goo all over myself. All this came down to one thing- these darn shoes that I just had to wear. I knew that I was going to regret my choice that morning for the sake of appearance I went against what I already knew. Was it worth it? Blistered feet and looking having green splattered pants, I believe that it was not.
Let’s take a look at a story that has much more seriousness to it that some of you may already be familiar with. In the book of Genesis we are introduced to the story of Adam and Eve who were the first human beings that the Lord created. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, and were given only one command given by God. “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Adam and Eve were both made aware of what was good for them and what was not. They had been warned of what would happen if they disobeyed this command. Then one day Eve met the serpent that is described as being “more crafty than any of the wild animals.” He had come with a plan that day to convince Eve that she must eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He tells her that if she eats from this tree that she will be just like God, and that she will certainly not die. Eve eventually believes this lie, which was going against what she knew was good for her. “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.” Eve soon convinces Adam to eat from the tree and immediately they are described to having their eyes opened. They felt ashamed, guilty, and embarrassed. Both Adam and Eve knew the right choice to make, but because the tree of knowledge looked appealing they went against what they knew was good.
Sometimes I think it is easy for us to think, “Why couldn’t they have just listened to God? They knew what the consequence was going to be.” But if we are being completely honest with ourselves, we have all probably been a situation when we knew that we weren’t making a fruitful choice but carried through with it anyways. Why is this? Let’s take a look again at Genesis 3:6. “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.” Good, pleasing the eyes, and desirable. Lets also not forget the beginning of Chapter 3 when the serpent is described as being “crafty.” Because of this, led Eve to believe that this was going to worth the consequence. In our own lives the wrong choice also looks desirable, good, and pleasing. There have been many times that I have asked myself “Why did I do this? I knew better.” I then feel like Adam and Eve did; afraid, ashamed, and defeated.
Everyday we are all faced with choices whether they seem big or small. The good news is that we do not have been alone while facing them. James 1:5 says this, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” When we pray this prayer diligently, God says that wisdom will be given to us. Some of you may be wondering like I did, “What about the times I have messed up?” Even though there will still be consequences to our sin, Isaiah 43:25 says, “I even I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remember your sins no more.” What may seem like a hopeless ending God intervenes. James 4: 6 “But he gives us more grace. God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” We are given wisdom, grace, and forgiveness. When it feels like we are drowning in mistakes God rescues us and redeems us.
My prayer for you and myself is that when we are faced with choices that we are in-tune with the Lord to guide us, and for us to have willing hearts to listen. When we have that desire like Adam and Eve did to take control of their own lives, I pray that we reject that notion and live in confidence that God’s plan and way is always going to be better.