Eve had everything a woman could ever need or want: food, comfort, beauty, companionship, purpose, even communion with God Himself.
Yet, we read in Genesis 3 she was subtly manipulated by Satan into desiring even more. And what more was left?
To be like God,
To be her own God,
To control her own life—
the very thing Satan, as Lucifer, came to desire and since put into the heart of mankind.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12–14
It is our adversary, Satan, who wants us to doubt that God has our best interests at heart, as he did Eve. He wants us to take the reins of our lives from the hands of God and careen in the ditch of mayhem and despair.
But most of all, he wants us to be blinded to our own faults so we stay stagnant and unfruitful in our Christian walk.
Eve had everything and yet there was still room for doubt and covetousness. Amazing, isn’t it?
If Eve, who had no lack, could succumb to such weakness, how much more we?
It doesn’t matter how much we acquire or accomplish in this life, because like a black hole or a raging fire—the desire doesn’t end with the acquisition.
It is never satisfied or filled up. There will always be someone with more talent, more beauty, and more possessions than we have.
The horseleach hath two daughters crying, Give, Give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. Proverbs 30:15–16
Why, oh why?
Have you ever thought: what if Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned? Hadn’t viewed paradise as lacking and found fault with what God had pronounced as good? If Eve hadn’t picked that blasted fruit we wouldn’t be in this mess, wouldn’t be under this curse?
But let us never blame Eve for where we are–because we are Eve. We have the same potential to falter, same desire to point fingers, same tendency to look around at our blessings and still want more.
Thank God we have been given the gift of Christ; the curse of humanity is paid for. He has taken our spiritual lack and given us fullness. His kingdom awaits where there is no curse. (Revelation 22:3)
For He has said, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21:7
And once more, “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
Eve had everything, but she was not content.
She had everything, but she didn’t have faith and trust in God (who was right there in front of her!).
She had everything, but she didn’t have eternal life.
Her faith was contingent upon her feelings and desires. Our faith in God is a precious thing, and we must exercise it with vigor despite how we feel.
Christ praises those who believe without seeing.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:29
Let us continue in overcoming, dear sisters, and leave our reins in the capable hands of Almighty God.
Let us continue to be faithful daughters of the Most High, so we may taste of the tree of life together.
Abiding in the Vine,
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