Pondering about the Garden of Eden gave me an almost unimaginable thought. When God placed Adam in the Garden he gave him one simple command. He said to him, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” The next natural thought is why is this particular tree forbidden? What is it about this tree that God doesn’t want us to have?
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is essentially what brought this whole deceptive idea of man being “as God” into the picture. The tempter said to Eve “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.” In other words when you eat of this you will be your own god. You will be enabled to act independently from God himself. It turns out this is the very root of humanities problem. The root cause of the long list of sins starts here. It springs from the deception that we, as god, can do good and avoid evil in our power. We can “just say no” as it were.
While thinking about the whole debacle in the Garden of Eden it occurred to me the freedom God intended for us all along. He gave us all things to freely enjoy. Isn’t it something? He gave Adam a garden full of every kind of enjoyment he could ever want or desire and yet he disobeyed the one command he was given. From there the plan of saving humanity and restoring our freedom began. We discover later that he did in fact restore our freedom in his one and only Son Jesus Christ. “It is for freedom that Christ set us free!”
There is probably plenty more that could be said about this but I will conclude with this for now. What all this truly boils down to is God is saying to us “If you would just acknowledge me as the one true God and stop trying to be me you will find an unbelievable amount of freedom.” The lie that we are god and can rule our own lives so permeates us we have a difficult time just seeing the simple plan God has for his creation. He never intended for us to need hundreds of laws to regulate our lives. He simply wants us to let him be God and let him dwell in and live through us humans created in his image. If we could simply trust that he knows what he is doing and needs no guidance from us, we could live in the freedom of childlike faith. I remember when I was a child. I never thought or worried about if I would have clothes, food or a roof over my head. I’m not saying there aren’t those that do; what I am saying is as a child the parent is there to provide all of these things therefore the child doesn’t even take thought about it. Sounds like what Jesus said in Matthew 6. He said, “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on.” Instead of trying to maintain your life; what do you say we simply let God be God and trust he will do what he says he will do?
Written by Louie