Man Looses Peace With God
If Eve had known the consequence of listening to the serpent she would never have listened. But she didn’t know. All she knew was that when she listened to him, and thought about what he had said, there was awakened in her desires she had not had before.
She looked at the tree in a different light. Before, it did not bother her that she could not eat the fruit, there was plenty of other fruit that she could eat. Now, because she had listened to ideas she had never considered before she had doubts and suspicions about God.
“Why doesn’t God want me to be wise like him,” she asked herself. “Is God really afraid that I will be as wise as him?” Seduced by the thought of becoming like God she took the step and ate the fruit.
The effect of this act of rebellion against God went far beyond the man and the woman. The harmonious relationship between God, man, the earth and the animals was lost. Man hid from God, the earth grew thorns and animals became afraid of man.
In a word man lost his peace. When peace with God is lost there is no other lasting peace to be found. Everything that offers peace in the world today is related to the forbidden fruit and the peace that it offers turns out to be a disappointment.
Since he lost favor with God in the Garden mankind has been on a quest to restore what was lost. He has established kingdoms that imitate the kingdom of God but fall far short of what God offers. Man has tried to fill his emptiness with vain behaviors that have only left him empty.
When man failed to trust the wisdom of God in the Garden of Eden and partook of the forbidden fruit he lost his peace and he has been trying to regain it ever since. The only way to lasting peace and reestablishing harmony with God, the earth and our fellow man is by entering the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus the Christ.
God is reestablishing his kingdom, and restoring peace in the hearts of mankind, one person at a time.
Prayer: Lord, I have listened to wrong voices and desired wrong things. Grant me the grace to trust you and you alone for my peace. Amen.
Message: When man failed to trust the wisdom of God in the Garden of Eden and partook of the forbidden fruit he lost his peace and he has been trying to regain it ever since. The only way to lasting peace and reestablishing harmony with God, the earth and our fellow man is by entering the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus the Christ.
Affirmation: I have regained my peace with God and his creation through faith in Jesus the Christ.
Reflection: Is there a parallel between the experience of Eve in the garden with the experience we face today? Eve thought about how the fruit was pleasing to the eye and how it would make her wise. It appealed to her fleshly desires just as sin does today.
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