Scripture Reading: Genesis 3-4

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’?”  Genesis 3:1

Revelation 12:9 reveals that this serpent, who is so very crafty, is Satan. While he is crafty, his story really hasn’t changed all that much. It is very predictable and, as such, I should be much better at recognizing it and calling it what it is. But for some reason, his age-old lie still carries power, mainly because I give it power. I listen to the lying voice of the one who hates me instead of listening to the voice of truth spoken by the Lover of my soul—the One who created me for His pleasure.

The lie of the serpent that I so easily believe convinces me that am entitled to something which God has revealed is harmful for me. And so, I sin. I choose to take that which I want even though I know it is against God’s revealed best plan. I hold on to the thought that I am somehow better suited to choose what is best for me. And the crafty serpent wins yet again. I must remind myself often that God has not withheld His best from me, even though that is what Satan would have me believe. God has lavished me with every good thing I need. I must learn to be satisfied with His provision.

Dear Lord, please help me hear Your voice of truth and may it drown out the voice of the crafty liar. May I be satisfied with Your provision and not seek more. Amen.

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