Satan is the author of lies and confusion. I think this is something I have known for a long time and yet, when he whispers a lie in my ear I still believe it. This propensity towards believing that which isn’t reality is inherited. After all I am a daughter of Eve, the first and original believer of a lie.
“Can it really be that God has said, you shall no eat from every tree of the garden?” Boom, there it was. Satan making God out to be the bad guy. “Did God really say you couldn’t eat from every tree? What a jerk! He’s keeping things from you.” Meanwhile, we know that what God really said was “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.” Satan concentrated on the one tree that God told them not to eat from, for their own good, but God concentrated on all they could eat.
Eve said, “We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, except from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” And then the great liar told the deepest lie of all time. “You shall not surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil, and blessing and calamity.” And so then, she ate of it, and gave some to her husband.
Satan convinced her that God was holding out on her. That He didn’t have good things for her. That He was trying to hold her back. That He wasn’t a good, and loving creator. My first response is, “She is so dumb! God made her and loves her, and obviously gave so much to her.” But then I was smacked with the reality, that I am her daughter. That just as Eve doubted God’s goodness so many centuries ago, I doubt His goodness too. Satan whispers so cunningly in my ear, “He’s holding out on you. He isn’t going to come through and provide. He’s keeping your hearts desire from you because He isn’t good.” The devil relies on his oldest lie and dirtiest trick, and I fall for it.
It seems that Eve and I aren’t so different. The reality we believe, isn’t necessarily reality. Even now, as I write this, Satan says “it doesn’t matter what you have to say. Nobody is going to care, why are you even wasting your time?” He’s trying to convince me that God doesn’t have good, and big plans for my life. But to that I say, forget you devil. Your lies will not define my reality. Only the word and truth of God will do that. And He is the kind of God who sends His one and only son to die a horrible death on the cross, a death that I can’t even imagine and when I think about it is sickens me. He did this so that we would be able to spend eternity in heaven with Him. A perfect and blameless sacrifice, for the sins we commit. This is not the action of an indifferent God who keeps good things from His children. This is the action of a God who loves us deeply, and keeps no good thing from us. This is the action of a God who doesn’t need me, but loves me so much, that He didn’t want to spend eternity without me (or you). So if I know that, how can I ever believe satan’s lie?
Today, as Eve’s daughters and Adam’s sons, let’s set the record straight and send the devil and his lies back where they belong (to hell). We are children of God, we are loved deeply, and bought at a high price. May we never forfeit this truth for the greatest lie ever told.