He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 27: Something Greater than Obedience
Imagine if Eve had known God well enough to trust his love for her. How would she have responded to the serpent's charges against God?
I can see her face twisted in wonderment as she tries to hold back her laughter. "Are you talking about our God? The one who walked with us in the garden last night and who loves us so much that he has given us everything for our good. You're saying he would lie to us, because he doesn't want us to be like him?
Absolutely, totally impossible! Not him. We are his children, after all!" And she could have walked away without even a second-thought. That's the kind of trust God wants us all to know.
If obedience had been the only issue with God, don't you think he would have made the whole scenario far clearer. He told them not to eat from that tree or they would die. He didn't describe that death in detail. He could have told them how it would destroy his creation by bringing sin, disease, and relational brokenness into his world. It would cause them incredible pain, and not just for them but for all their offspring for thousands of years to come. He could have told them that all they needed to do was eat first of the Tree of Life, so that they would be eternally innocent in his presence.
But he didn't tell them. If he had they might have been obedient, but not because they trusted him. They would have obeyed only because it served their self-interest. God would merely have become a tool for their own fulfillment. Self would have still been at the center of their choice, and self would prevent them from discovering the full vitality of life in him. No, God didn't do it because he wanted something far better.
Neither did he interrupt the serpent to set the truth firmly in mind again. After all, he was there, wasn't he? Or do you imagine him busy in heaven with his back turned at that critical moment? We know now what Adam and Eve could not know then. They only recognized him when he cloaked himself in some physical manifestation and walked the garden with them. They didn't know that this God was present everywhere in his creation.
So why didn't he intervene? Could it be the same reason Jesus didn't send Peter home instead of letting him follow along to Caiaphas' courtyard and the betrayal that would surely follow? God sees something redemptive even in letting us fail. He seems less concerned about our mistakes than how we respond to them. Do they lead us away from trusting in our own strength or wisdom, to seek what it means to put our trust in him? If so, then he finds our failures worth the pain they cause.