When we hear about the word temptation the first thing that comes to our mind is the story of Adam and Eve. God created Adam and Eve to be fruitful, to fill the earth and to subdue it. But as we know they were tempted by Satan and were driven out of the Garden of Eden. If Adam and Eve had temptations, how much more do we have?
Every single human being living in this wicked world will have to get through temptations. God does not want us to be scared of temptations, but to step over them and over come the temptations and be successful in our daily lives. There are two main reasons that led Eve to her failure.
We can see the first reason in Genesis 3:1,2. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? The woman said to the serpent, we may eat from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.” In these verses we see that Eve is having a conversation with the serpent. We may think there was nothing wrong with that conversation. Sometimes we may think of certain things as very small or unimportant or not harmful. But we need to realize the fact that a little hole is good enough for a big ship to sink. In the case of Eve, she should have stayed away from the serpent. She shouldn’t have given a chance for the serpent to work in her life. We read in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. As young people we should avoid matters that give Satan a chance to get involved in our dealings. According to Psalms 1 we should avoid the counsel of the wicked, the way of sinners and the seat of mockers. We need to be very alert because Satan is very tricky. We also see in James, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.
We can see the second reason in Genesis 3:4-6. God told Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree standing in the middle of the garden. She also got an advice from Satan. The Serpent told Eve to go ahead and eat it for it will open her eyes. Here Eve came to a point where she had to choose between the word of God and the word of Satan. She believed in the lie of the serpent rather than the command of God. Therefore she failed in her temptation. In today’s world Satan may not come in the form of a serpent. But he might come in the form of people, conversations, literature, believers or even friends. But it is up to us to choose. We need to be able to recognize the voice of Satan and stay away. We need to be rooted and grounded in the word of God. The word of God can help us make the right choice at the right time. If we hide the word of God in our hearts, we will be safe from the enemy. As a child of God it is very important to read and study the word of God daily.
As long as we live in this world we will have temptations, especially the young people who are trying to grow closer to God. Let us take a look at school as an example. There is no point in going to school if we don’t get the credit for the course. The only way we can get credit is by passing our exams. Our lifetime is the course we are enrolled in. Our temptations are the exams and our credit is the crown of glory. My prayer for all those who read this :
May our gracious father give you victory from all your temptations.
May he bless you with the spirit of discernment.
May he help you to recognize the voice of darkness.
May he help you grow deeper in the word of God. Most of all may God reward you with the crown of glory.
By, Your sister in Christ