Does Everything Really Work for Good?

Copyright © 2000 by Glenn Davis

Life is strange.  Everything can be going along just great and then from out of nowhere disaster strikes.  We are knocked down sometimes with a single blow, sometimes with repeated blows which come so quickly we don’t have time to react.  Before we know it the problems of life can leave us lying, wounded and bleeding, in the ditch.

Problems of all sizes and degrees happen to everyone.  Are they just unfortunate things which must be endured or can they work for our good?  In Rom. 8:28 we find a famous verse which a lot of Christians know by heart.  “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” [NAS].  Can all our problems and disasters really work out  for the best?  That seems pretty incredible!

We should note from the beginning, this verse is talking about Christians.  Unbelievers have no claim to this promise until they accept Jesus as the Lord of their lives.  Negative things may work out for good in their lives, especially if faced with a positive attitude, but there is no guarantee.

Before we examine how this works in our personal lives, let’s take a brief look at the lives of some Biblical men and women.  Did God work good out of tragedy in their lives?
Moses was a man who knew the will of God.  He knew God wanted Israel delivered from slavery, and he knew God had called him to do it.  However, as a young man of 40, he decided to help God and killed an Egyptian.  He ended up fleeing for his life.  So much for his dream of being a great deliverer.  For the next 40 years he was hiding in the wilderness as a shepherd – a job his Egyptian training would have loathed.  Had his over-anxiousness foiled the purposed of God?  Did God bring good out of it?

God did not forsake Moses.  Whether Moses knew it or not, he was learning vital lessons in the wilderness.  Although Moses didn’t believe it, when God called to him from the burning bush, he was ready for the job.  The 40 “wasted” years in the wilderness were a necessary part of God’s plan.

Daniel was a young man when war came to his country.  Violently he was torn from his parents, friends, and country.  He was taken to a strange land where he was tempted to compromise his faith and was trained in heathen culture.  His life would never be the same.  Whatever dreams he had had were gone forever.  And yet out of a lonely, young man’s tears, did God work good?  Over the years Daniel became a top man in the land.  He was able to advise different world rulers and influence the course of history.  More importantly, he developed a close, intimate relationship with God.

What about Ruth?  After about 10 years of marriage her husband died.  The man of her dreams was suddenly gone.  Not only that but she was left a poor widow.  How could she survive?  In those days a single woman couldn’t just go out and apply for a job and there was no welfare office.  She was totally helpless.  Still, in spite of the grief and pain, she decided to go to a strange country with her mother-in-law and commit herself to the God of Israel.  Did God work it out for good?  He gave he a new [and wealthy] husband.  She also became one of the ancestors of Jesus.  And she was honored by having her story told in the Holy Word of God.  None of this would have been possible if not for the first tragedy.  Naomi was likewise blessed with a daughter-in-law like Ruth and the joy of grandchildren even though she had lost her husband and her 2 sons.

We don’t know how old Esther was when she lost her parents but she was raised by her uncle, Mordecai.  When the king decided to take a new queen, because he was angry with the old one, Esther was one of many girls taken to the palace.  Gone was any hope of a normal marriage to a man of her own race and beliefs.  Instead, when she was chosen Queen, she became the wife of a man who would not only never be sexually faithful to her alone, but who could also order her death anytime she displeased him.  Talk about having one’s dreams dashed and living under constant pressure!  But did God work good out of it?  God gave Esther favor in the sight of the king and he treated her well.  She was then in the right position to rescue her people, Israel, from total destruction.  If not for the tragedies and disappointments of earlier life, none of this could have happened.

One more example and we’ll move on.  Joseph was a young man when his own brothers sold him as a slave.  He was violently ripped from his beloved father and home.  All his dreams of the future were destroyed.  In Egypt God blessed him and he rose to be the head slave in house of a wealthy man.  And then disaster strikes again!  He is falsely accused of rape and thrown into the dungeon.  For 13 long years he was either a slave or in prison.  Could God work good out of this?  In God’s timing Joseph rose to be second-in-command of all Egypt and saved many people from starvation.

When we come face-to-face with the problems, disasters, and tragedies of life, we need to remember God IS in control.  Our lives are in His hand.  If we are walking in fellowship with Him, then nothing can touch us unless it is allowed by God for our good.

God does not rescue us from the ‘facts of life’.  We face the same problems everyone else faces plus  the fact that the Satanic realm would love to get its grimy paws on us.  Even when evil people deliberately hurt us, God is still in control.  He doesn’t always stop it but He takes what they mean for our harm and turns it around for our benefit.

Joseph said to his brothers in Ge. 50:20:  “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” [NAS].  Notice, they pre-mediated evil against Joseph and God allowed them to carry out their plans.  But God took their plans, turned them around, and worked good out of it.  Even when we find ourselves victims of people who are out to hurt us in every possible way, God will take their plans and work them out to our benefit.

Sometimes what we see as a defeat is actually a victory.  We need to remember the spiritual realm is more important and permanent than the physical realm.  If we can face problems and tragedies and not be shaken in our faith in the goodness of God, we have won a major victory.  As in Job’s case, Satan sometimes tries to prove we only love God for what He does for us.  If when we suffer we can still love and praise God, Satan receives a major embarrassment/defeat and we have grown closer to God.

Does this mean we enjoy our troubles?  Not really.  We can rejoice at the good we know will come of it, but when something hurts, it hurts!  We don’t like the problems or tragedies of life, but we face them knowing God is on our side and we will come out on the top in the end.  We may have to wait until heaven before we understand how it worked for good.  In most cases, I believe, we will see in our lifetime, how it worked for good, although we may have to wait a long while.

Some Christians have become afraid of making a “negative confession” and so are afraid to admit when they are hurting.  There is no point in denying when unpleasant things happen to us.  Denying something doesn’t change it.  We can be free to admit when we are hurting and receive help and encouragement from others.  No one said we had to go it alone.  It is important that we remember even when we are hurting that in some way, God will work good.  That is trust.  That is realizing that pain has purpose – it is not wasted.  Trust doesn’t happen overnight.  It is built one brick at a time.

Another point of confusion is that when something bad happens, do I thank God or rebuke the Devil?  As stated above, when we walk with God, everything which happens is allowed by God for our good and His glory.  We have to start with this premise.  Even though Satan was personally wreaking havoc in Job’s life, Job did not blame Satan.  He took his case before the throne of God.

Do we then passively accept everything that happens to us?  After all, if God allowed it then we should just mildly bear it for Him, right?  Wrong!  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We start with the realization this negative experience is allowed by God for our good.  It is going to be, if we handle it properly, a growing experience.  God allowed David to face Goliath but if David had sat down and passively accepted it, he would have been killed.  Goliath was permitted by God to enter David’s life but David had to rise up and in the Spirit of God conquer him.  [There are some cases, like Job, where there is nothing we can do.  Then we take to God and leave it in trust with Him.]

Just because God allowed something into our lives doesn’t mean He wants us to stand by and be crushed by it.  If we properly handle difficult situations we will come out better on the other side.  Also, there is nothing wrong about talking to God about it.  Paul did this with his “thorn in the flesh”.  Jesus pleaded in the garden to escape the torment He knew was coming.  In both these cases God had to answer “no” to their requests and they went on to face what was set before them.  But sometimes, when we come before Him, God will answer “yes”.  It is certainly NOT a sin to ask Him.  We have to be willing to accept the answer whatever it may be.

From the beginning we have said that if we are walking with God, then God allows everything that happens to us and He will work good out of it.  What if we are walking in a way that is not pleasing to God?  Will He still work good out of it?  Basically I believe the answer is “yes”, although, if we continue with a rebellious heart we may not benefit from the good God wants to bring us.  God loves us so much that when we walk away from Him, He will do whatever is necessary to motivate us back to Him.  Only when we are in intimate fellowship with God can we be truly happy and satisfied.

One of the many kinds of problems we face is sickness.  Sickness can illustrate many of the points we have made.  If we become sick, as we are walking with God, we know God allowed it.  We know it is not the general will of God for His people to be sick.  So how do we handle it?  First, we look for any obvious reasons God may have allowed it.  Is it a result of sin?  If we search our lives and find that it is, then we need to repent.  If we find it is not a result of sin, then was the sickness allowed because we are not taking proper care of our bodies?  Are we eating properly, getting enough sleep, etc.?  Are we allowing our emotions to tear at our bodies through fear, worry, etc.?  If so, then we need to get Godly counsel on how to change these destructive life patterns.  In the above cases, when we change God may remove the sickness, or He may allow us to work out the consequences of our actions.

In some cases though, sickness does not come because of sin or mistreating the body.  It comes as a Goliath which must be defeated.  We fight this giant through faith in the goodness of God, prayer for healing, going to the doctor, taking medicine, etc.  In short, we use whatever means God has placed at our disposal.  Whatever the results may be, as we meet it in the power of God, God will take it and turn it around for good.  All this can be applied to any specific problem.

We do serve a good God.  It is our unswerving faith in the goodness of God which will pull us through experiences which would crush others.  God is in control and He never loses control.  We cannot see the future but God sees it as surely as He sees the present and the past.  As we face the problems and difficulties of life in the Spirit of God we will be gaining eternal benefits.

“This is the reason why we never lose heart.  The outward man does indeed suffer wear and tear, but every day the inward man receives fresh strength.  These little troubles…are winning for us a permanent, glorious and solid reward out of all proportion to our pain.  For we are looking all the time not at the visible things but at the invisible [2 Cor. 4:16,17, Phillips].

Important warning:  People who are going through tragedies and tough times do not need a lecture from well-meaning friends on the goodness of God.  If they don’t know it, they will discover it in time.  What they do need is support, understanding, encouragement, and help.  Remember, God did not have anything good to say about Job’s well-meaning but condemning friends.

Before The Bar Of Justice

Genesis 3:9-24

by Paul George

Adam and Eve are hiding from God. He calls out to Adam, “Where are you?” This question has been used in the attempt to prove God is not all-knowing. He doesn’t know Adam is hiding. Don’t believe it. God knew where Adam and Eve were hiding and He knows where we are when we try to hide from Him. He knew why Adam and Eve were trying to hide from Him and He knows why we try to hide from Him. Adam is hiding because he disobeyed God. When God asks the question “Where are you” it is an expression of kindness, and invitation to come back to Him. It is a question meant to ask Adam to look where he is. This is a question we need to ask when we drift from the truth.

What would have happened if God didn’t come to the garden and ask Adam this question? What would happen if God didn’t come to where we are and ask, “Where are you?” Like Adam we are not going to where God is. If God had not come to the garden Adam and his descendants and that includes you and me, would be in the same situation the fallen angels are in, forever separated from their Creator. We would be like lost sheep wandering aimless in a troubled hostile world. Like a good shepherd God calls to the lead sheep to come back to Him. He doesn’t ask Eve where she is. He knows where she is; she is with Adam and will follow him when he comes to the place where God is.

What a sad answer to the question. Adam said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He does not admit to what he did or why he did it he describes his condition, he is afraid and naked and this is why he hides among the trees in the garden. Like Adam we often describe the conditions we are in and fail to acknowledge why we are where we are. Adam had a good reason for fearing God but he won’t admit it. But God will not let him off the hook He asks Adam. “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat? God knew why Adam knew he was naked. No one told Adam he was naked, he saw he was naked when his eyes were opened. Instead of admitting what he has done he makes an excuse. It’s the old blame game that is played today. It’s always someone else’s fault when we get our hand caught in the cookie jar.

Adam blames Eve for his predicament, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” He is in an around about way blaming God. If God hadn’t created the woman he wouldn’t be in the situation he is in. He wouldn’t be hiding from God. But God knows the facts. He knows who is to blame and he is not going to admit it. There is no need to carry the conversation any farther.

Then God said to Eve, “What is this you have done?” Eve isn’t going to admit what she did was wrong and she needs to ask God and Adam to forgive her. She lays the blame on the serpent’s doorstep, “the serpent deceived me, and I ate.” It is true the serpent instigated the revolt. It is true the serpent deceived her. She is doing the same thing Adam did. In a round about why she is blaming God, its fault He created the serpent Satan used to deceive her.

God turns His attention toward the serpent. He doesn’t ask him why he did what he did. God knew why. But there is a big difference in what the serpent did and what Adam and Eve did. Adam and Eve had the ability to make decisions. They could evaluate the situation and compare what God said and what the serpent said and they didn’t do it. The serpent’s problem was he permitted Satan to use him in his battle against God.

What do we see happening in the world today, the same thing that happened in the Garden of Eden? Do people really know what God said or do they know only what man has said? Do they compare what God has revealed through the prophets, apostles, and above all others Jesus?

Adam and Eve didn’t deny what they did but they didn’t admit what they did was wrong. Their confession was not a penitent confession but an excuse. Did they think God would accept their excuses? We often make excuses for what we do or don’t do what we should do. We make excuses for what other people do. We blame our short comings on the back of others. We make excuses for the immoral behavior that is spreading across the face of this nation. Do we really think God is accepting our excuses, our political correct attitude, and our tolerance of immoral behavior? Did He accept Adam and Eve’s excuses? He is not accepting our excuses. Did He hold Adam, Eve, and the serpent accountable for what they did? Will He hold us accountable? We had better believe it. He did and He will.

All the evidence has been presented, the defendants are found guilty, and the sentence phase begins. To the serpent, the instigator of the revolt, God said, “Because you hast done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life: and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

The serpent’s form and movements were altered and he was humbled, dust is a symbol of humiliation, it will be looked upon as a vile and despicable creature, an object of scorn and contempt all the days of its life for its part in the revolt against God. The finger of justice is also pointed at Satan who used the serpent to be his mouth piece. He will be destroyed by the Seed of the woman, the Redeemer of mankind. In this passage there is a proclamation of war, a continued conflict between the kingdom of God the kingdom of Satan, between the godly and the wicked. We are involved in this war. All the rage and malice of the persecutors against the people of God, both Jew and Christian, are the results of this war. And it will continue until the day the Prince of Peace returns to this earth and takes His place on the throne the Ancient of Days has given Him.

In this passage a gracious promise is made. The Seed of the woman, Christ the great deliverer of fallen man will deliver them from the power of Satan. These were words of encouragement. They saw a door of hope opened to them. Here was the dawning of the gospel message. This promise is a message of encouragement and hope for all mankind. We know the door of hope has been opened. We know the Deliverer of fallen mankind has come and He has bruised the head of Satan. He has taken his power from him. Those who serve Satan are serving a defeated prince. We who are serving Jesus are serving a victorious King, the Savior of all who will come to Him. We have the gospel message and we need to take it into the entire world. On Calvary’s hill the heel of the Seed of the woman was bruised and the head of the serpent, Satan received a death blow. He is slowing dying. The war is drawing to a close.

God said to Eve, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you.” Sin brought sorrow, trouble and pain into the world. The pains of child-bearing, every moan and groan, speak of the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit. All the sorrow, trouble, and pain in the world today can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. Through the ages sorrow, trouble, and pain have multiplied. They will continue to multiply until the end of days.

Then God said to Adam, “Because you have listened to the voice of thy wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground because of you; in toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life; both thorns and thistles shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face shall  you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

God does not accept excuses. Eve could tempt Adam by giving him the forbidden fruit, but she could not force him to eat it. The eating of the fruit was a voluntary act. In the Day of Judgment excuses will not be heard. There will be no plea bargaining. Adam’s excuse was used against him and set the grounds for sentencing. The sentence handed down included the cursing of the ground; Adam will no longer live in the garden but will live outside the garden. The earth was to be a place that reflected the same conditions found in heaven, the abode of God and the angels Adam’s disobedience changed that. Adam was not cursed, Eve was not cursed, only the serpent and the ground. God was not finished with Adam and Eve. He was not writing them off. They are still part of His purpose in creating the world.

Because Adam disobeyed God his life and the lives of his descendants are filled with misery and sorrow. Some never find any pleasure in life. Others find brief moments of pleasure. We might ask why we should suffer because Adam disobeyed God. We have inherited the only thing our parents Adam and Eve could hand down to us. We must not look at only the effect of disobedience in the garden we must see the righteousness of God. He can never leave disobedience go unpunished. The pain and suffering we experience, even death, is a reminder of the righteousness of God. He is just. It should also be a reminder there is a day coming when all pain, suffering, and tears will be wiped away for those who have given their lives into the loving tender care of our heavenly Father.

Life everlasting is offered to all mankind. He paid the full penalty demanded. He was made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). He was beaten, hung on a tree, crowned with thorns, humiliated, and died. He was a man of sorrows, His soul in agony, exceedingly sorrowful. The good news; He was raised from the dead and is seated on the throne of God, interceding for us.

Court is adjourned. Then God, “made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them.” Here is an example of God’s love. He corrects Adam and Eve like a loving father would do but He does not disinherit them. He provides for the return of the prodigal.

Then God said, “the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever- therefore God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” The driving of Adam and Eve was both a punishment and an act of mercy. If they would have eaten the fruit from the tree of life they would live forever alienated from God. They would have become like the fallen angels, forever banished from the presence of God.

We are the descendants of Adam and Eve. We live in a stained and soiled world. The tendency of our heart when we came into the world was toward disobedience, separated from God, but not His love. God has a cure for what ails us. It is the blood shed by the Lamb of God for the sins of the world. Today this cure is offered to all mankind. We all have to make a decision; no one can make it for us. Will we accept the cure and be healed?

It Happened in a Garden

Genesis 3:1-6

by Paul George

It is written in the Genesis account of beginnings God saw all He had created and it was very good, it was perfect. We know the world is no longer perfect. This means that something occurred that changed the original state of the world. At some point in time, evil, pain, suffering violence, lawlessness, and wickedness entered the world. Why didn’t God prevent this from happening? Could He have prevented it from happening? If He could have prevented it from happening and didn’t can we say He is a loving and caring God? Did God reveal His love in not preventing what happened?

God could have prevented the entrance of evil, pain, suffering, violence, lawlessness, and wickedness into the world. Why didn’t He? When God created man He instilled in him the ability to make decisions and act upon the decisions he made.

When God placed Adam, in the Garden of Eden there was peace, harmony, and unity on earth. He saw divine things clearly. There were neither errors nor mistakes in his knowledge. His will complied readily to the will of God, without questioning or resistance. His affections were directed toward his Creator. There was neither vanity nor rebellion found in him. What caused the change in the nature and character of man? It was due to a decision he made and acted on. His decision was based on the decision his wife, Eve, made.

Eve is called upon to make a decision. She will make her decision based on what she is told by the serpent. The serpent is not the originator of the question he will ask Eve or the contradiction of what God told Adam. The originator of the question and the contradiction is Satan. In his original state he was called Lucifer. He was an anointed cherub, a guardian of the throne of God and he led a revolt against God. His revolt was put down and he was cast down to earth. Determined to have a kingdom of his own he turned his attention toward the Garden of Eden. Using the body of the serpent he entered the Garden of Eden and asked Eve “Indeed has God said you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” A very popular question, asked today in various forms, “Indeed has God said.” This is a closed end question. The answer is either yes or no. It requires no explanation. All Eve had to do is answer yes.

Satan knew what God said and he knew who God told not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He is testing Eve, just as he tests every child of God. He didn’t want to know what God told Adam, he wanted to know if Eve understood what she had been told and put doubt in her mind. He wants her to question what she has been told. Why is she forbidden to eat the fruit from the tree? Is there something God and Adam don’t want her to know?

Satan used Eve’s answer to deceive her and convince her no harm will come to her if she eats the forbidden fruit. This is what Satan does today, through various agencies he deceives and convinces people if they commit an immoral act, fill their bodies with drugs and alcohol, violate the laws of nature, and disobey God’s moral law in any shape or form no harm will come to them.

Eve’s answer, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.” Is that what God said to Adam? He told Adam, “From every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” Eve misquoted. She added to what God had said.

Eve’s answer opened the door for Satan and he attacks the nature and character of God.  You can almost hear the sarcasm in his voice when he told Eve, “You surely shall not die.” The he tells Eve why God has forbid the eating of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan didn’t tell Eve she would become a god or goddess. He told her she would become like God. She could raise her level of knowledge to that of God’s. She could move up on the ladder of creation. She could gain the honor and happiness God is withholding.

Satan accomplished what he set out to do, get Eve to doubt the love, integrity and goodness of God, draw her allegiance away from God and direct it toward herself, which would be the same as directing it toward him. Now he will use Eve to convince Adam there is no harm in eating the forbidden fruit. Satan knows if Adam eats the forbidden fruit he will gain control of governorship God gave to Adam. Satan did not know if Eve would eat the forbidden fruit. He didn’t know if Adam would eat the forbidden fruit. Satan does not know what we will or will not do all he does is offer a choice. We can choose to obey God or believe a lie.

When Satan attacks the Christian, he doesn’t normally get him or her to commit some crime or immoral act. He uses some incident in their life, other people, or world events to try and get Christians to doubt God’s love, goodness, and integrity. If God loved you, you wouldn’t be suffering like you are. If God is a loving God why does He permit evil, pain, and suffering to exist? He tests the faith of Christians. In the wilderness Satan told Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). He was asking Jesus to prove His is the Son of God. Then he said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God throw your self down” (Matthew 4:6). He wanted Jesus to test God’s love. If he dared Jesus to prove He was the Son of God and test God’s love. When Satan told Jesus to turn the stones into bread he was using Jesus’ the situation He was in. He was in the wilderness, He was hungry, and there was no place where He could get something to eat. Satan’s point was if Jesus is the Son of God providing something to eat would be no problem if was the Son of God. Why wouldn’t Satan use our situations and the events in the world to test our faith and use them to test God’s love?

The battle is over. When Eve saw the fruit from the tree of the knowledge was “good for food…a delight to the eyes…desirable to make one wise” she ate the forbidden fruit. Looking at the tree from her point of view the tree looked like the rest of the trees in the garden. It grew out of the same ground. There was nothing in the outward appearance of the fruit that indicated it was a danger to ones health or the eating of the fruit could cause a person to die. There was nourishment in the fruit. What harm could come from eating the fruit? The conclusion Eve came to was influenced by what she saw.

We need to be careful what we look at. The eyes are the windows of the soul. Windows Satan can throw fiery darts through and pierce the heart. These darts are loaded with a deadly virus, called sin. While it is true there is no way we can avoid seeing things that are inappropriate, we are surrounded by them. What was once hid behind closed doors is telecasted into our living rooms in living color. Satan is able to use them to lead a person astray when that person follows Eve’s example.
Satan didn’t tell Eve the truth and she believed a lie. She took the fruit from the tree and ate it. Satan didn’t give Eve the forbidden fruit, she took it from the tree, and he didn’t force her to eat the forbidden fruit. Satan could not make Eve do anything she didn’t want to do. Satan can tempt us but he can not force us to anything we don’t want to do. We can blame God, Satan, parents, pastors, teachers, the media, friends and neighbors for our shortcomings, but no one can force us to do what we don’t want to do or what we know is not the right thing to do.

Adam knew what the right thing to do was. He knew what God had said about the forbidden fruit. No one forced him to eat the forbidden fruit. Why did he take the forbidden fruit and eat it. We aren’t told. Could it be Eve used the same argument Satan used to convince her to eat the forbidden fruit? We don’t know. We don’t know what the state of Adam’s mind was when he ate the fruit or what he was thinking. When he found out Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit did the words “you shall surely die” come to mind? Did he picture himself alone in the garden as it was before Eve was given to him to be a help mate? Is it possible God was wrong or he misunderstood what God said? We don’t know. All we know is he ate the forbidden fruit.

We have all seen people do something that was contrary to their normal behavior. We ask the question why they did what they did. We even speculate and form opinions. But we may never know why did they do what they did or what motivated them to do what they did. We have all done something that was contrary to our normal behavior and afterwards ask ourselves why I did that, I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. From the human point of view, I believe Adam and Eve both asked that question many times.

Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and their eyes were opened. This is not a reference to their physical eyes but to the eyes of their consciences. They saw it was now too late. They had believed a lie and now they must pay the consequences. They saw a loving God provoked. They saw their natures were corrupted and depraved. They saw they were naked. They were stripped, deprived of all honor and favor. They saw the serpent was a deceiver, a liar. He told Eve her eyes would be opened and she would be like God. They didn’t become like God they became like their deceiver.

The first step they took after eating the forbidden fruit was not upward but downward. A strong sense of guilt overcame them. When they heard the Lord God walking in the garden their hearts were filled with fear and they tried to hide from His presence among the trees of the garden. Before they disobeyed God if they heard the voice of the Lord God in the garden I believe they ran to meet Him. They welcomed His presence. But now, they fear Him. They knew they had done an evil deed. They saw God coming into the garden as a Judge and they tried to flee from justice.

They realized Satan is not going to protect them. He is not going to accuse them. They will accuse themselves. The garden becomes what it never was intended to be, a court room. The earth will become what it was never intended to be, the domain of the enemy of God. The world will become what it was never intended to be a terrifying place. Evil, violence, pain, suffering, lawlessness, and wickedness will run rough shod over the land.

Why didn’t God nip in the bud what was coming upon the earth? He could have wiped out all that He had done and start over. Why didn’t He? He had set the course of history into motion and He will not go back and begin again what He has determined to do. Satan and his demonic host, man nor beast can turn Him away from the course He has set. He will accomplish His goal. At the end of time the morning stars and the sons of God will sing together and shouts of joy will be heard around the throne of God as it was at the beginning of time. The good news is the redeemed will join in the singing and shouting. I want to be in that great celebration. Do you? You will be if you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. You can be if you will accept Him as your Savior and Lord.