When “NO!” Really Matters : When Eve refused to say “NO!
When Eve refused to say “NO! TEXT: Genesis 3:1-9, 16
WEEK’S MV: My son if sinners entice thee consent thou not. Proverbs 1:10
Saying “NO” is one of the hardest things for people to do, especially when it is to people they love very much or to someone who is offering them something they think would be fun to have or fun to do. But not saying “NO” can sometimes cause a lot of pain and a life time of regrets. Eve and the serpent had a discussion about things she had never thought about before. The serpent told her opposite of everything God had told her and Adam. God was presented as evil and disobedience was described as fun. The more she listened, the more she started to see things the way satan wanted her to see them. The fruit that wasn’t to be eaten started to look good, and disobedience started to look like a good idea.
What do you do when someone says evil things about a friend that has been good to you? What do you do when someone tells you to try out something your parents or the word of God has warned you not to do?
Should you just agree or should you say “NO”? You can ask the person to wait for you to find out what your parents have to say and watch how they would respond. They would likely tell you not to discuss it with them or tell you something negative about your parents. What do you think Eve could have done? She could have said, “NO”, I won’t eat it till I ask God if He knows you, and what He thinks about all you have said to me.” A simple no could have kept her relationship with God and saved her from the curses and losses her decision brought.
PRAYER: Lord, please give me the grace not to act too quickly whenever I have a decision to make; help me to know when to say no and when to say wait, in Jesus’ name, amen.