Today’s Scripture: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 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. 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. GenesisĀ 3:4-6

Adam and Eve had it made. They lived in a tropical paradise beyond the world’s greatest vacation destinations. There was just enough work to keep them occupied. Side-by-side they worked, tending God’s Garden. Their world was utopia. There were delightful places to sit and observe the world God had made. I’m sure they had a favorite spot by a crystal-clear waterfall where the animals would come and drink. Adam must have enjoyed telling Eve the names of the different animals. It was a perfect world. To top it off, God came and communed with them in the cool of the evening.

But all of this apparently wasn’t enough for them. When the serpent tempted Eve, he used the classic lie. This falsehood has been the root of evil ever since. “Eve,” he whispered, “If you eat of this fruit which God has forbidden, you will be a god.”

That was the one thing Adam and Eve didn’t have. It wasn’t enough to follow the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They both wanted to be what God was.

Many Christians fall prey to this lie. Instead of being content to follow the King, they want to be the king. They would never say they are better than God, but they run their lives with a “me-first” mentality.

Beware of Satan’s cunning traps. He’ll first get you to doubt God’s blessings in your life. Like Eve, you’ll start focusing on what you don’t have instead of what you have. Don’t make the same mistake.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.