Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”Genesis 3:13 ESV
Eve was honest.
She had been deceived by the serpent, eaten forbidden fruit, and sinned against God.
When Eve was approached by God, she was straightforward in her answer. The devil’s deception impacted her decisions. She didn’t blame or shift the guilt like Adam. She had a level of awareness of what she had done, why she had done it, and was transparent in speaking with God about it all.
As I reflected on her response, I wondered how many times I’ve been deceived by the devil…
Honestly, we all have believed in the lies of the devil at some point or another. Lies that have us believing that we are not good enough, that we have to earn God’s grace, that we can’t communicate honestly with God. As we read the word of God, we recognize that the devil’s words are not true. Yet, often times we’ve made decisions based on the devil’s deception. But, it’s an opportunity to learn a lesson from Eve. It’s an opportunity to reflect and be honest with ourselves and then to be transparent with God (because he already knows).
The story of Eve teaches that God redeems decisions made from a place of deception. Yes, Eve gets punished, because God is just. However, the sins are atoned for through her seed, Jesus Christ, and just beyond the verses that describe the discipline, “the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (v31). God provided for them. There are decisions that we’ve made out of the devil’s deception. Yes, there are consequences that we must live with as a result, but that does not stop God’s redemption, provision, and will for our lives.
Today, you have a choice to no longer be deceived by the lies of the enemy. I want to encourage you to fully embrace the redemption of Jesus Christ.