COLUMN — Did the devil really make you do it?

Published 1:39 pm Saturday, February 6, 2021

Have you ever heard the expression, “The devil made me do it?” 

Continuing in Genesis, we can rightly divide and clearly see the fall of man.  There are so many preconceived ideas.

I know you have heard, “The woman caused all of the problems in this world.” How about, “Eve did not hold a gun to Adam’s head and make him disobey God.” However, the most famous I think is– “The devil made me do it.” 

It is very true that Eve was manipulated or deceived by the devil.  This can be found in the Word. “And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” (1 Timothy 2:14) However, as we look at our scriptures, no matter how it came to be, there was still disobedience. Once they both disobeyed God, they knew that they were naked and tried to cover themselves with fig leaves.

However, it was not about being without clothes, but they knew and saw sin for the very first time. Adam and Eve were trying to cover up their sin, even to the point of hiding in the trees.  They walked out of the presence of God.

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’”(Genesis 3:8) 

As followers of Christ, we realize that God knew where the both of them were. He did not rush into the garden with his finger wagging.  He called to them.  I am not sure what would have happened, if Adam came out of the trees and said, “Here I am Lord.  I messed up!”  Only God knows. However, we can be confident that just as God was calling Adam and Eve to come to Him in the cool of that day, that God is still beckoning us to come to Him this very day.

The Word says in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” 

God still wants to walk with us in the cool of the day.  He is willing and able to give us a clean slate to start fresh and new.  Be encouraged you do not need to hide in the trees like Adam and Eve.  All you need to do is come to Jesus.

Yvette Perrin is a columnist for The Charlotte Gazette. She can be reached at theword2yvette@gmail.com.