I’m being so blessed by the teaching at the church we attend, and this past Sunday’s lesson was no exception. We’re studying Genesis and we’re currently in the third chapter. The pastor, Lloyd, asked the question this week, “When did Eve sin?”
When did Eve sin? When was the moment of rebellion for her? Was it when she reached for the fruit? When she pulled the fruit off the tree? When she took a bite? When was the point of sin? He suggested that the pulling of the fruit off the tree and eating it was an outward expression of what had already happened in Eve’s heart. And I agree, because I see me in her.
Something happened at a point in time when Eve decided that God was not good. Somewhere in her heart, she decided God was not trustworthy, because she decided that his prohibition of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was actually depriving her of something she needed. Her actions say that she decided that God’s limits were, in fact, God saying “I have something really good...but I’m not gonna give it to you.”
So, she decided to get it herself.
Sound at all familiar? Ever want anything so badly you just decided to go for it, even knowing it wasn’t part of God’s will for your life? In summary, Lloyd suggested that the root of all of our sin is unbelief. The lack of believing in God. But even more specifically, the lack of believing that God is good. That everything He does is for our good. Period. He’s perfect love and everything He does stems from that love, including what that love "prohibits." The serpent came at Eve and somewhere in there, in the midst of conversation in the garden, in the day-to-day, the serpent managed to convince her that God was not good.
Likewise, the enemy is constantly looking for ways to convince you and me that God is not good. But you know what? You can’t determine God’s goodness by your circumstances, by how your life is going. You can only determine God’s goodness on the basis of the cross (Igbok--God’s promise that “It’s Gonna Be OK”). The cross inexplicably says, “God is good. All the time. Forever. In every way. Period.”
Our faith is grounded upon our confidence in God’s goodness. To say it another way, as Lloyd did, the foundation of our faith is our trust in God’s goodness. And yet another way to say it, our faith is only as strong as our conviction that God is good. I love it when God takes something I “know” and yet turns it (and me) inside out and shows me another depth to him. And to his perfect love.
The worship leaders at Fellowship recently released a CD containing worship songs they’d written. We’ve been singing them as a congregation and I’ve been incredibly blessed by the music and lyrics, so I picked up a couple of extra CDs with the purpose of sharing them here. If you’re interested, leave a quick comment indicating you are and I’ll “draw” two names and post the winners next Tuesday.
Now, back to Timber Ridge, and Rand and Rachel. And...it’s already stopped snowing here in Nashville. But not back in Colorado 1877...