Read: Genesis 3
As humans, we tend to aim to achieve certain goals in life. Such goals include finding the perfect job, earn lots of money to buy a house, travel around the world, to find a life partner, have children, etc. Prior to getting their needs met, people pray to God fervently to make their dreams happen. Once their needs are met and everything is going on well, they forget to obey God’s commandments and be thankful of what He had done to them. The devil distracts them in a way that they can’t find sufficient time for the Lord.
When Adam and Eve resided in the garden of Eden, they could enjoy any fruit they wanted except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They had a wonderful fellowship with God prior to sin. When they were unguarded, the devil approached Eve in the form of a serpent and told her that if she ate the fruit, she could be like God. Likewise, if we are not vigilant, our adversary the devil can trick us. Maybe it can be a small temptation, a small harmless lie, a peep into an unwanted website, etc. that can cause one to sin. The consequences of Eve’s disobedience caused suffering through childbirth, shame, eternal separation from God, death and banishment from the garden of Eden (Gen. 3). The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).
When the Israelites grew comfortable after settling in the Promised Land Canaan after travelling in the wilderness for 40 years, they forgot God’s commandments that their forefathers followed. As a result, they had to be captives for 70 years under the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.
Are we able to have fellowship with God even when we have good times? Daniel prayed to God (Dan. 6:10; 9:1-19) although he dwelt in the King’s palace and was placed in a high position (Dan. 2:48). Paul the apostle warns to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:15-17). Be sober, be vigilant of your adversary, the devil, who is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Let us be all the more careful when everything is going well with us.