Read Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3:1-7.
I said I’m free / To do what I want, any old time / I said love me, hold me / Love me, hold me / ‘Cause I’m free / To do what I want, any old time.
So sang British and Albanian singer, Dua Lipa, back in 2019 for a Yves Saint Laurent advert with the strapline, “Don’t be afraid of your freedom”.
That’s what many people think freedom is. Freedom to do what they want.
That was the freedom Adam and Eve craved. Satan tempted them into deciding they wanted to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that they wanted the freedom to judge what was good and what was evil for themselves. And as a result, they disobeyed God. The consequences were disastrous.
God tells us that true freedom comes from obeying him. As our Creator, he knows what’s best for us. Freedom comes from following God’s guidance and knowing what not to do. The restrictions he places on us are for our own good. They help us to avoid evil and its disastrous consequences.
We don’t have to give in to temptation to learn more and enjoy life. The best way to be free from the things that tempt us is to always follow God’s guidance.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
- Where have you looked for freedom outside of God’s will? What was the result?
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