Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers other There, Especially Our Heavenly Father.
It is interesting how the Serpent is described as crafty or cunning. These words are defined in the Encarta dictionary as “using or involving trickery to deceive other people.” One of the best ways to deceive is to make sure that your approach has some underlined truth. The description also denotes that God does not wish for us to be deceived or kept in the dark. Several nuances stand out in Genesis chapter 3. Starting with verse one as it states the following:
“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?” The serpent starts with a question that contains some truth. Remember, in Genesis chapter 1 vs. 28. God gave man dominion over every living thing that moves on the earth. So, the woman had dominion over the Serpent. The question here is, does she know that? The Serpent being crafty and cunning, tries to outwit her by dangling half-truths. Many of us have either used this technique or been a victim of a similar technique used by the serpent to deceive and have a favorable outcome. The serpent knows that women are created to be helpmates. We have an innate ability to want to help; therefore, we automatically leap into help mode when presented with an issue. The deceiver, armed with this knowledge, put a plan into action. As women, we must be careful to stay in the presence of God because cunning people will try to speak directly to our inborn default setting to help others. Only God can lift the fog of deception, which will allow us to see clearly. God is the only one that can introduce you to who he created you to be. Half-truths seek to build and formulate a new life apart from God. When the reality is, God will never leave us or forsake us, as stated in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Today, let me encourage you to read the entire chapter of Genesis chapter 3, with the understanding that God is still in control. Genesis 3:24 states, “After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden Cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” Keep in mind that the word of God states in Galatians 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows, whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit (of God) from the Spirit (of God) will reap eternal life.”
Remember God Loves you, and so do I.