In Genesis 3, Satan was so crafty, wasn’t he? And the situation was so much like we experience, sometimes daily. I contemplate the nature of satan (and sin) through this passage in Genesis; I’m thinking about his motive. It was to make Eve sin, period.
Eve knew the rules. She seemed to be accepting of the “don’t eat” instruction from God, although obviously she was not super-strong in her convictions. And satan knew just what to say, jumping right in to play on the human emotions of one of the very first humans. Not only did he tempt her with what she shouldn’t have, the fruit of that one tree, but he also came up with reasons why it would make sense to do it.
We humans remain so easily tempted, and so quick to give in. I’m thinking of little things, big things, and little things that can turn into big ones. Aren’t those the worst? Like when a molehill becomes a mountain, and you “didn’t mean for it to become such a big deal,” and you know that the root of it was that little temptation. Words that slip out become hurtful. Too many uncontrolled bites become gluttony and disrespect for the gift of a healthy body; desire for an object becomes lust. It is so easy to be sidetracked, and our heads resound with “it’s ok, it will be good.” We need to wake up.
Genesis 4:7 “…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Lord, I pray that you will help me see temptations for what they are, big or small. May I have the best version of self-control, which is God-control. Make my conviction to follow you so strong and my faith so firm that every day, every way I’ll grow better and stronger in You.