DAY 43 OF 365 2021
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
We read an interesting dialogue between the serpent and the women which sets off a chain of events leading to outcomes which had significant effect. While attempting to affect the choices of the woman, the serpent asked a question using the preamble “did God really say…” Those words in themselves are intended to provoke a specific chain of thought, and that was exactly what the serpent sought to achieve.
What is even more interesting was the response the woman gave for she was able to recall and repeat accurately, without leaving a single word out, everything God had told them about the trees in the garden. Yet, if the follow up question to “did God really say… ‘, had been: ‘do you believe what He said’, then inferring from her actions, the answer would have been ‘No’.
Sadly, that is the state many of us find ourselves in: the enemy causes us to second guess what God has said and in so doing, we end up ignoring Him entirely.
We shout, “God, I don’t want you to be my king! I want a kingless kingdom! Even better, a kingdom in which I am king!” We stage a revolution, storm God’s castle, put on his crown, and sit on his throne.Max Lucado, Wild grace
Beloved, there is a harsh truth to acknowledge: the Word will have no power, no way to affect lives and no influence in the affairs of creation if all its hearers can do is ‘memorise and regurgitate’. That was what the woman did. However, just like in the communication loop “meant is not said, said is not heard, heard is not understood and understood, is not done”. Thus, the sooner we realise that
‘knowing’ and ‘doing’ require distinct resource allocation, the Word of God will continue to be of none effect in our lives.