Wooh…… I was pleading to God about a situation. Lord why would you show me the gift and then say don’t unwrap it- yet. I want it. I can handle it. It looks good, can we try now. The season is here.
And I thought God would answer my plea in a dream. But as soon as I closed my eyes, he spoke. I heard the voice of the Lord say “you’re Eve”.
Remember the tree of knowledge that Adam and Eve couldn’t eat from. The one Eve ate from an changed the course of our lives… yea that one. Well for me, I have my own personal tree of knowledge, the gift God said don’t open right now. And I empathize with Eve because I feel how she felt.
In my mind, the time to open my gift is now. But God knows I’m not ready to handle all that is inside. Sure I can probably handle most of the gift, but do you want a pilot who says he can handle 80% of the flight? Yea me either.
So if I’m Eve as God said, my next thought was how can I at least be a better Eve. What can I learn from her fall,that I may be stronger in my battle? These 2 things…
1. Don’t believe the Lies
Satan is a liar. There is no way around it, that’s who he is. Jesus told us that “he comes to kill, to steal, to destroy”. (John10:10)
He stole Eve’s promise and destroyed the purity of the Garden with his lies. He asked her did God really say you can’t eat of the tree. The first consequence of a lie is doubt. Doubt clouds your view of truth. And when Eve didn’t fall completely for the first Lie, Satan told her another one. He said God was hiding something good from her. It was all a lie and it directly contradicted what God spoke.
2. Embrace the truth of God’s Promise
As I think about my situation, I must speak God’s truth to keep out the lies of Satan. Unlike Eve, I have choose to believe “God doesn’t withhold good things from me”.(Psalms 84:11) He’s trying to protect me when he says no or not yet because unlike me he sees the beginning and the end. Truthfully he is the beginning (Alpha) and the end (Omega). (Revelation 22:13) So, yes it gets a little shaky and I don’t always understand why the promise doesn’t come packaged like I hoped, but I know that it’s coming. Why?
Because God is not a man that he should lie. (Numbers 23:19)
Because God is faithful to complete what he starts. (Philippians 1:6)
Because God is trustworthy. (Proverbs 3:5)
The challenge for me was seeing that I’m not above an Eve mindset. I can think God is punishing me when he’s actually protecting me. And Satan will try to convince me that I need to take matters into my own hands. When the truth is, I have the ultimate power to release my situation into far more capable hands, ones that can an will do exceedingly above what I can ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)
It’s okay that there’s Eve-iN-me because there’s also Jesus in me. And the Jesus in me is GREATER than the Eve and it’s definitely greater than the devil in me.