What is an Adam and Eve Moment? It is a time when you are deceived. As a result, you turn your back on what you know to be true, believe the lie, and make a wrong decision. Or it can be a moment when you know you shouldn’t do or say something and you make the free will choice to do it anyway. Adam and Eve moments can bring very negative results in our life.
Adam and Eve were in the unique position to actually walk with God in the garden everyday. What a joy that would have been. But I doubt either of them understood the significance of it, how special it was. No one knows how long, one day or many years, they spent in the garden before the snake deceived Eve. But it was long enough for God to teach them his ways. Long enough for them to know they should have known to do as God commanded… do not eat from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. As far as we know, this was the only command God gave them. There were many other trees in the garden for food, there was no reason to disobey. Yet, we all know the story. The serpent enticed Eve and she fell for it. Many blame only Eve, but the reality is Adam could have said no. He was there throughout the exchange with the snake. Once she ate and handed it to Adam, he could have made the decision to obey God, but he chose to disobey too.
For years, I blamed Adam and Eve for the fall of man. I have listened to many preachers push all the blame on Eve, absolving Adams completely. Yet, as I have grown older, I realize we all live through Adam and Eve moments. We fall prey to lies or follow our own twisted desires. Both lead us away from God’s best for us. I can somewhat understand Adam and Eve falling prey to Satan’s lies, they didn’t have the Holy Spirit. But Believers? As followers of Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit who counsels, guides, and leads us. When we are deceived we must harden our hearts and ignore the Holy Spirit’s warnings. We have no excuses for our deliberate sins.
The wonderful things is, regardless of your Adam and Eve moment, we have a wonderful Savior who will lift us out of the mire…all we need to do is call out in sincere repentance and he is there. There may be consequences, but Jesus forgives, forgets, and sets us on a right path.
Best ways to avoid Adam and Eve moments: 1. Walk in step with our Lord. He will protect you from self-inflicted missteps. 2. Ask for and/or receive wise counsel from those who love you. Many times, we cannot see we are headed for heartache and pain when our loved ones can.
3. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He will direct you. That gut feeling is many times God’s still small voice warning you.
If you are already hip deep in the consequences of an Adam and Eve moment: 1. Pray for crop failure. The seeds planted in an Adam and Eve moment can have far-reaching results. When we pray, many times God will limit the results of a bad decision. 2. Go to trusted family or friends and ask for counsel. Pray about their suggestions and take action to correct the situation.
Everyone has Adam and Eve moments in life. The question is: will you run to Jesus or follow your own path?