Reading: Genesis 2: 15-17
Adam and Eve began in the garden. Each day they walk and talk with God, enjoying all that God has provided. They have been given almost unlimited access to the garden and all of its bounty. The one restriction God places is upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God lets Adam and Eve know that they will die if they eat of this one tree.
Can you remember as a kid when your Mom or Dad said, “Don’t do” this or that? At least some of the time these were things you never would have thought of on your own. But more often than not, your wise and loving parents knew from experience that sooner or later that tree or rooftop or toy your sister had would be more than you could resist. We were the same way. All parents are. If there was something that could harm or be bad for our children, we warn them about it. God was doing the same thing in the garden. God knew that once the knowledge of good and evil entered the minds of mankind, that the world would never be the same. He was right.
As grown adults, we continue to get many warnings. Sometimes they come from our spouse or our friend or our coworker. Sometimes the warnings even come from our own minds. Sometimes the words are in the form of a whisper from the Holy Spirit. Like we would have been when we were children, we would be wise to heed the warning, to listen to the voice of those with our best interests at heart. This day, O Lord, help me to be obedient and faithful as I try to follow the example of Jesus. It is only possible through your power and presence, so please be with me today.