Eve struggled between her senses and a clear “Thus saith the Lord”. In the garden of Eden Satan successfully raised doubts in Eve’s mind about what God had said and why. He stated that God had lied for they would not surely die and that God was withholding something good from them. (Gen.3:4, 5) She, and eventually Adam, chose to eat of the fruit from the tree God had told them not to eat from and sin came into the world as a result.
In Deuteronomy we see God constantly reminding His people to keep His statues so they won’t forget them. In the past He had done miraculous wonders and given them instructions in how to live well. God had a great plan for the Israelites and many blessings of happiness to bestow on them. But occasionally they became influenced by wicked ways and were led astray from God.
Adam and Eve as well as the Israelites disbelieved God’s word. Just like them we many times let ourselves reason and doubt what God has said and fool ourselves into thinking that God is withholding something good from us.
How can God fulfill His plan if we insist in disobeying and doing what is not right?
God would never tell us to do something that would hurt us or keep us from being happy and satisfied. He only wants what’s best for us. That’s why He had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat from that fruit, so that they would not know sin and its horrible results. And that’s why He warned the Israelites to remember and keep His commandments, so they would have life to the fullest.
If God says to do something it’s because He knows what’s best. If God says to remember His commandments and keep them, what He planned for us from the beginning will become real and we will be happy. Adam and Eve’s choice and the Israelites, among many others from the Bible, set examples for us of how sad it is when we do not follow what God has said. From these we learn the secret to happiness - to live as “thus saith the Lord”.
May we remember the loving and wonderful father God is and how He has something great planned for us and blessings waiting to be showered on us. And may we not disbelief His word, but remember and keep His commandments.
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