Todays Revelation; 'Our eyes see according to what our ears hear and our heart believes.'
A great mentor of mine would often say to me, 'Just because you think it, feel it or believe it - doesn't mean that it's true'. If only he told Eve that :-)
I read again this morning that famous conversation between Eve and the serpent in Genesis 3, and it struck me again; Eve heard the voice of the serpent, she believed what she heard and then saw accordingly. Verse 6 of Genesis 3 says 'The woman was convinced.'
She was convinced!
Make no mistake about it...the devil is a good convincer!
What was she convinced of? She was convinced that there was greener grass! She was convinced that there was something greater than what she already had. And because she was convinced,'She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.' (v6). She now saw according to what she had heard and believed.
But here is today’s real revelation, Eve was also convinced not only of what she heard, believed and therefore saw - but she was convinced that her eyes had now been opened so clearly to this great revelation, however verse 7 suggests the opposite…that her eyes had been infact closed.
Because she heard, believed and then saw accordingly, the next logical step was to act. Verse 6 says this; 'The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it.' But then...'At that moment their eyes were opened' (v7).
At ‘that’ moment!
At the moment Eve believed her eyes were opened...they were in fact covered in deception.
So why is it that the true opening of our eyes comes only after the act that follows the deception? Perhaps it has something to do with light and darkness. The act brought the deception to light. If the act had been to seek out the Lord and his wisdom, the life that was 'the light of men' (John 1:4) would have overcome the darkness that was his death, and Eve & Adam would have saved us all some serious grief! Although, because of Jesus, we have the same opportunity, to save ourselves in a sense. Not that we can implement an act of salvation, but we can surrender to the act of Christ. How? By believing in Him only; 'But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.' (John 12:12-13).
So what we need to Hear is the voice of God. We need to Believe in his word and See the result of what he speaks and not the serpent - because not only did God speak the world into creation, but he spoke our redemption across the canvas of the universe when he said "It is finished!" (John 19:30). All of darkness heard Jesus speak these words. I think of these words as I do of those in Genesis 1:3, "Let there be light,"
The darkness knows the light.
The key is not the fact that God said, "let there be light" but the fact that once he said "let there be light, there was light!
His word conquers the power of darkness - but for us; only if we hear it, believe it and see accordingly.