When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6

Genesis 3

As a child, the idea of getting sent to time out or having to force an apology can seem like the end of the world. Tantrums are thrown, tears are cried and, most of the time, young kids do not even understand the purpose behind their punishment. Once we get a little older, we are able to look back and understand why our parents made us share our toys or apologize for hitting someone on the playground. They were teaching us lessons that they hoped would ultimately improve our lives and develop us into caring, thoughtful adults. They had a plan for us.

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them a lush, beautiful garden full of things to eat. However, His one rule was that they could not eat from a particular tree: the Tree of Life. Why? God wanted to test Adam and Eve, even though He knew they would fail. And in fact, when Satan came in the form of a serpent asking Eve to eat from the tree, she did fail. She had a bite of the sweet fruit then went on to share it with Adam. Suddenly, they realized they were naked and became ashamed of themselves and what they had done. Much like a child who knows he or she is in trouble, they hid from God.

Adam and Eve received consequences from God that affect us even today and they were sent away from the garden. God had instructed them not to sin, but they did so anyway. Because of Adam and Eve’s choice, sin entered the world. However, God forgave them because He loved them and had a greater plan for them.

You are destined to sin because of Adam and Eve, there is no way around it. We are all sinners! But when you do sin, remember God’s forgiveness. He is loving and understanding and He wants to continue to use us as a part of His plan for the kingdom. Oftentimes, the consequences for our actions go on to teach us important lessons. All we have to do is ask Him to enter our hearts, rule over our lives and forgive us of our sins. From that moment on, His plan for us is greater than any sin we may commit. God’s love is bigger than our failures.

Questions to think about:

  1. Why did God forbid Adam and Eve to eat fruit from the Tree of Life?
  2. How do you feel when you sin?
  3. How did God use Adam and Eve for good in His plan?
  4. How can He use you?