I was about ten years old on this particular day when I asked my mom could I go outside. She said, “You can go outside, but stay on the porch. If you leave the porch, you gonna get in trouble.” Wellllll…. some time had passed, (which feels like hours to a 10 yr old) and my friends came along and said, “Hey Darlene, you gone come and play kickball with us.” “I can’t,” I said, looking sad. “I’ll get in trouble, my mommy said I have to stay on the porch.” “Ah girl come on, you’re mom know you play with us all the time. We just gone tell her you were with us and you won’t get into trouble.” So off I went to the playground. Let me tell you, I was so engrossed playing kickball, I didn’t even see my mom standing behind me with a belt. And of course non of my “so-called” friends warned me. Needless to say, my backside was hurting for a week. I knew the truth, but had listened to others who distorted my view of my Mother’s authority.
Let’s look at Eve. She had received clear instructions on what she could and could not do in the garden. Not to eat from the tree of good and evil which sat in the mist of the garden. Simple, right? Then why did she choose to listen and obey the serpent’s voice? The serpent clearly wanted to and achieved to distort her view of God’s authority in her life. How was the serpent able to have her ear, when she knew the truth?
Why do you continue to listen to the serpent in your life? God has already given you clear instructions and the truth about who He is and the plans He has for your life? No one should be able to can come along and twist God’s Word, giving you a half truth and you fall for it, hook line and sinker!
When God instructs you to do something, He isn’t keeping you from not having “fun.” He sees the outcome of your disobedience and the unnecessary painful consequences it will produce. Whether you understand it or not, God expects and wants you to trust and obey Him.
Watching who has my ear.
Scriptural Reference Genesis 3:1-5