“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”Genesis 3:5 NKJV.
For the Christian believers, our story began in the Garden of Eden. God created a perfect world for us, a paradise for the people of God. And, He walked among His creation daily: no sin, no diseases or death, and no hatred between Creator and creation existed in the garden. Also, shame did not exist within this perfect world. Additionally, I believe we get an early glimpse of our heavenly home in Genesis’s description of this paradise.
So what happened? How did our world become so full of chaos and evil? Sin entered when the serpent promised Adam and Eve they would become like God. And from that day forward, we sought to become god-like. We craved the power to control our lives and everything around us. But, only God has that power. Unfortunately, pride and ego still drove some to try to wrestle with God causing more sin.
Satan’s influence caused Adam and Eve to sacrifice the grandeur of the garden for a lie. Satan promised them complete knowledge of good and evil. But, instead of being satisfied with living in a world created by God, they strived to become gods themselves. Unfortunately, the devil’s lies still pretend to offer us the opportunity to see and understand everything hidden, and we fall for the lie time and time again.
God Provides a Way
From Genesis 4 – to the end of the Bible, God gives us the means to escape these lies. We find God giving the laws and commandments in the Old Testament to encourage His people to live Godly lives in the way God intended. And in the New Testament, God sends us Jesus, His Son, to take our sins upon Himself. All we need to do in return is to believe. But, many still chose lies over the truth.
So, how do we change the situations around us? An excellent place to start is with 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV; “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” So, call on the Lord as humble servants and turn away from sin. Turn to the God and acknowledge Him as sovereign Lord. And as we do so, we give up our desire to be god-like.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
Give Him Control
Control is an illusion that Satan perpetuates, so give up seeking it and let Christ rule in our hearts. God knows what He’s doing. Trust that His thinking is different, and He sees the whole picture, so He better understands what is best for us. Then, despite what we see happening around us, we can allow God to govern our lives.
We confess our need for you today. We know that you work on behalf of those you love. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. Forgive us for running in all directions and spinning our wheels to find help when real help and healing come only from You. Forgive us for forgetting how much we need you. Thank you that you can do far more than we could ever imagine. We reach out to you and know that you are restoring and redeeming every place of difficulty and battle for your greater glory. In Jesus’ Name, amen.