A devotional thought from Halim Suh for “The Fall”
Genesis 2:16-17: “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.’”
This was the first and only prohibition given to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden before sin entered the world. But we all know that they failed.
Don’t you think God could have set them up for success better if He would have added a little warning to the end of His command? He could have told Adam and Eve that Satan was going to come and try to tempt them, couldn’t He? He could have mentioned that the cost would be too great, that death, pain, and suffering would enter into the world. Maybe they would have chosen differently if they had more information. We could’ve had an alternate ending. Maybe they would have passed on the fruit.
But would it have been because they trusted God? Or would that have been because they trusted in their own wisdom and agreed that the trade would be bad?
It seems like God was not primarily trying to achieve their obedience in the garden; He wanted their hearts to trust Him. He wanted them to believe Him as the Person who knew what was best for them—without having to present arguments to defend that claim with logic or reason. He wanted trust.
Pause and Reflect
• Do you find yourself obeying God more out of logic and reasoning rather than trust? How do you think He feels about that in light of this text?
• What are some areas of your life where you want God to prove His goodness to you rather than believing that in faith?