I’ve noticed recently that Satan tries to distract me with good things.
When I’m anticipating something good, or I really want a good thing, I become fixated on it. I can barely function. I roam around the house trying to get things done but in reality, all I can think about is the good thing. I am completely engrossed with the thing that I want, and I become distracted. And if I want something good to happen in my life and it doesn’t, I try to manufacture ways to get it on my own. Can anyone else relate?
Eve Can Relate
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. ~Genesis 3:1-6 (ESV)~
What Did Eve Want?
Now the question is: what did Eve want? If you look closely at verse 5, you’ll notice the phrase “you will be like God”. Eve’s desire in eating the fruit was to become like God. This is not a bad thing! Consider these passages:
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~Matthew 5:48 (NIV)~
Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. ~1 John 2:6 (ESV)~
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. ~1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV)~
This is just a sampling of the many verses in scripture that encourage us to be imitators of God, imitators of Christ, and God-like in word and deed. What Eve wanted was something good, something that God had intended for mankind. But she wanted it her way, not God’s way. Disregarding His command, she ate the fruit and offered it to her husband. Ironically, Eve actually lost her God-likeness that day instead of gaining it.
What Do You Want?
So what do you want? A house? A marriage? A child? A specific food you have a craving for? These are all good things in and of themselves, but when we allow Satan to use them as distractions it renders us ineffective.
If Satan can use good things to make us disobedient to God, he will. He didn’t hesitate to use scripture to try to undermine Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4), and he certainly won’t hesitate to use the good things you want to tempt you.
It isn’t Wrong to Want Good Things
I want you to know that God wants good things for you, and it’s OK to want good things! It’s when they become a distraction and a temptation that good things become bad. Consider Ecclesiastes 3:1:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (ESV)
God has a perfect timing for all of the good things in your life. So instead of getting fixated on how much you want those good things now, remind yourself that there is a season for everything, and God’s timing is perfect.
With Love Always,