When you’re tempted to believe the “grass is greener,” remember what you already have.
Eve lived in the most beautiful garden we could ever imagine. She wandered among flowers, trees, and shrubs in an array and design that would put our best master gardeners to shame. She ate sumptuous bounty from an enormous variety of fresh produce.
All she needed to do was pluck a fruit or vegetable at its ripest, juicy best any time she so desired.
There was only one tree from which she was not allowed to eat—just one out of hundreds. But because Eve focused on that single forbidden taste, she no longer appreciated any of the others.
It’s easy to criticize Eve for her faulty vision, but we shouldn’t be too hasty.
Whenever we look past the good that we have and are tempted to trade it for sinful indulgence, we fall into the same trap as Eve.
For instance, consider the person who knows she can’t afford to purchase an item advertised for sale—but she buys it anyway because it’s such a good deal. Over time, these “bargains” add up to big money troubles. What we must remember is that the financial problem didn’t begin with the purchases. It began with the shopping.
We might think it won’t hurt to “just look.” But when we do, we forget about all the things we already own and focus on the one we want to buy.
The next time I’m tempted to want what I don’t have—whether material or intangible, I’ll remember the great cost to Eve when she gave in to that forbidden fruit—and the hidden dangers and cost behind a single impulsive decision. Had she fully understood the goodness God already gave her, and would give her in proper time, she could have resisted Satan's scheme.