We are only three weeks in on our journey through Genesis. Here we are in Chapter 3 and already we begin to see perfection in the rearview mirror because sin has entered the story of man. So often, when studying this chapter, we focus on the blame game. Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent, but something new stood out to me this time.
And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (v. 10-11).
No, not the naked part, but God’s question, “Who told you that you were naked?” No one spoke aloud to Adam and Eve and informed them that they were naked, but when they disobeyed God and sin entered into their hearts they knew. The serpent (Satan) had overtaken them.
It’s easy to read and wonder why they fell for such trick and to blame them for all the “yuck” we have to deal with because of that one decision. It made me consider all the times I fall for Satan’s lies and tricks in my own life.
When I feel useless, like a failure, ill-equipped, fighting the truth of forgiveness and love God has showered upon me, I have to stop and listen. We all do. We need to stop and listen to the one true voice. The voice of God.
“Allison, who told you that you aren’t loved? Who told you that you aren’t worthy or forgiven? Who told you that you your past is too broken to use for My glory?” These lies from Satan are just as much a trick to seduce me to uselessness as the first one he used with Adam and Eve in the garden.
Loser, worthless, sinner, fearful, deceiver, selfish, alienated, hated, forgotten, unforgiven, liar, cheater . . . What lies are you believing? Who told you that?
I can tell you who didn’t . . . God didn’t. Satan is the liar. Be bold! Believe God over the lies. God loves! God forgives. God is gracious and merciful! God believes in you and has a great plan for you. God is bigger than all you have done and every obstacle you face. God loves, adores and has covered our sins with the blood of Christ.
My prayer is that we will all open the eyes of our hearts and boldly embrace God’s great truth! We are the chosen children of God.