Why are we never happy with what we have? We always think we need something else or deserve more before we will be truly happy …
A conversation I once had in my thoughts with Eve went as follows:
“What were you thinking? I mean, when you took that apple …
What did you think was going to happen–that you would be lifted into the glory of God? But you were already covered in His glory. Or did you think that you were going to receive God’s wisdom? Hey, you already had that as well! Maybe you wanted to walk with God in His presence; Girl, you were already experiencing His presence when you had face-to-face conversations with Him. You were never naked; you were clothed in His glory, beauty and likeness. What more could you have wanted?”
The only response I got, “Would you have done it any different?”
“I do not know.”
It hits me deep if I think about it. Would I have done it any different had I been looking at the fruit of temptation in my fleshly desires? It happens every day when I am faced with decisions or temptations. Eve’s problem and I believe mine today, is the human flesh and free will.
“I did not keep my eyes on God and the amazing things I already had through Him. My own self-righteousness wanted more. I believed the lie that I deserve more and became totally ignorant of the fact that I already had everything I needed.”
An apple wrapped in a silver lining might look more appealing, but it tastes and produces the same substance.
“I thought a fruit could bring glory, wisdom and power–all of which I already had without having to do something but because of Who created me.”
You think you can do better, but the best is already trapped inside you, waiting for the opportunity to reveal itself to you once you move the focus away from yourself.
The result of believing we deserve more in our own righteousness, stripped humankind from God’s glory. It brought total awareness of our human limitations and removed us from God’s presence.
“Would I have done it any different?”
No, but the dire consequences of humankind’s free will were entrapped in a bigger plan - a plan of grace where the deceiving thought of “I deserve more” is replaced with the truth that I do not deserve anything, but I can now receive because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. A temptation might make a person feel as if you deserve more, but the truth is, you already have everything you need by the unlimited supply of God’s grace.
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