Doubting God and Mistrusting His Motives
Today, we give no thought to what God wants for our lives. We do things the way we want without ever thinking that it may not be what God wants for us or that there may be unseen consequences for our actions and deeds. God made His laws, "The 10 Commandments", to show Mankind what Sin is in God's eyes. His laws were meant to be used as a plumb line for our actions in this life.
Most of society wants nothing to do with the laws God places on our activities and deeds. After all, God wrote His laws of conduct many years ago when times were quite different. We simply do not want to live by God's seemingly restrictive laws and use the rationalization that they really do not apply to our times.
With this kind of reasoning used by most people today, it sounds much like what was said and done in the Garden of Eden where all Mankind was created and Sin started. If you will remember, Satan was in the Garden and confronted Eve about partaking fruit from the Tree of Knowledge or Conscience, as other references cite, and dialogue between Eve and Satan starts with Satan giving cause to mistrust or doubt God's good intentions... As we read this conversation, we can see Satan's subtle deception in action just like we see today...
|(Gen 3:1) Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?|
|Commentary - Life Application Study Bible
Disguised as a shrewd serpent, Satan came to tempt Eve. At one time, Satan had been a glorious angel. But in pride, he rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. As a created being, Satan has definite limitations. Although he is trying to tempt everyone away from God, he will not be the final victor. In Gen_3:14-15, God promises that Satan will be crushed by one of the woman's offspring, the Messiah.
|(Gen 3:2)And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
(Gen 3:3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
(Gen 3:4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
(Gen 3:5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
(Gen 3:6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
(Gen 3:7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons
(Gen 3:8) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
|Commentary - Life Application Study Bible|
|Why does Satan tempt us? Temptation is Satan's invitation to give in to his kind of life and give up on God's kind of life. Satan tempted Eve and succeeded in getting her to sin. Ever since then, he's been busy getting people to sin. He even tempted Jesus (Mat_4:1-11). But Jesus did not sin!
How could Eve have resisted temptation? By following the same guidelines we can follow. First, we must realize that being tempted is not a sin. We have not sinned until we give in to the temptation. Then, to resist temptation, we must (1) pray for strength to resist, (2) run, sometimes literally, and (3) say no when confronted with what we know is wrong. Jas_1:12 tells of the blessings and rewards for those who don't give in when tempted.
|The serpent, Satan, tempted Eve by getting her to doubt God's goodness. He implied that God was strict, stingy, and selfish for not wanting Eve to share his knowledge of good and evil. Satan made Eve forget all that God had given her and, instead, focus on what God had forbidden. We fall into trouble, too, when we dwell on what God forbids rather than on the countless blessings and promises God has given us. The next time you are feeling sorry for yourself and what you don't have, consider all you do have and thank God. Then your doubts won't lead you into sin.
Isn't this still what Satan does to Mankind today? He is always trying to make us think that God's rules are restricting and burdensome. When we think this way, we are falling into Satan's trap and with Satan's subtle prompting we do as Satan wants ... and that is to not listen to what God wants but to do our own thing.
God has placed His desires, or commandments, for how He wants His creation to function. These commandments are not meant to restrict or hinder our happiness, but rather protect us from outcomes we may not see. Eve never imagined that she would be cast out of the Garden of Eden for her disobedience to God, nor did Adam.
Satan uses the tools of craftiness, deception and lies to deceive Mankind into sinning against God. Without God's protection, Satan could and would deceive us all into a life forever separated from God's love. Remember, Satan uses his powers to deceive Mankind in order to wage war against God who cast him out of Heaven.
|(Rev 12:7) And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
(Rev 12:8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
(Rev 12:9) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Since Satan cannot defeat God, he has turned his wrath upon God's creation, Mankind, in order to destroy the creation of a loving God. This is the only way Satan can get back at God, by hurting and destroying you and I.
But, God made provision for forgiveness of Sin and rebellion through His son, Jesus. By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we defeat Satan's lies and plans for our life. If you do not know Jesus, please consider placing your trust in Him and asking Jesus to forgive the sins in your life. He will forgive and will once again, bring fellowship back with a loving God. For a simple Sinners Prayer, please
On a final note, remember that Satan uses subtle lies and deception to destroy God's creation, so stay alert.
|(1Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
(James 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.