My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me – John 10:27

God told Adam “don’t eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” The devil told Eve “Eat it to open your eyes and become like God.”

When choices and decisions have to be made, there are always multiple voices talking to us.  When the serpent whispered, Eve stopped and considered the forbidden fruit. She looked at the fruit in light of her experience with other fruits in the garden. She knew even God called the tree- the tree of knowledge. She evaluated, examined, weighed the pros/cons and concluded that “the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom.” She relied on her own thought process, own experience and own ability to make a choice.

Using our skills of deduction and falling back on the experiences of our short life is how we survive. Haven’t we all read books, watched shows and seen signs that say “Trust your instincts”? Is what Eve did so different from this staple statement? When your instinct and God’s instruction are in direct conflict, in whom do you trust? Yourself or God? Instinct or the Holy Spirit? How do you differentiate?

The devil whispered lies that seem so close to the truth and drew her attention away from the words of God and focused it on the tangible and observable fruit. Are you staring at choices today? Are paths and options before you drawing your attention? How do you make your choice?

I’d like to believe that the scene in the garden would have gone differently if she sought God instead of impulsively reaching for the fruit. The scene would have gone differently if she exercised her capacity to believe her Creator’s voice rather than the voice of the serpent before her. God only commanded them not to eat it, He never told them not to ask Him about it. She had rights that she didn’t exercise.

Dearly beloved, never let the circumstance and the devil rob you of your opportunity to be still before the voice of God. Take every opportunity to let God communicate with you and use your right to ask Him about anything. This is what prayer is for. Ask and you shall receive. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). When we hear more and more from God and about what Christ has done, we become better at drowning out the other voices and we, like sheep, listen to the shepherd. You can trust your shepherd more than yourself. He will protect you and keep you.

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