“God commanded the Man, ‘You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.'” Genesis 2:16-17
Eve takes a lot of flack in popular culture for her part in the fall of man. Even in the biblical account, Adam blames her for their sin: “The woman you gave me.”
I think sometimes we miss part of the story. She actually performed two separate actions that day.
She picked the fruit. Then she ate it.
Picking the fruit wasn’t the forbidden part, but it was a “gateway” of sorts to what God had outlawed. She could have stopped there, as she held the fruit in her hand. Life as she knew it would not have changed.
I have a feeling, though, that the serpent was there whispering in her ear (as he has ours for thousands of years now): “You’ve already gone this far. You might as well go all the way!”
There are times in our lives when we face temptation. Often, we come to a moment of decision. We can pause, reflect on the situation, and choose to do the right thing. Or, like Eve, we can continue on down the wrong path and commit the sin we could have avoided.
Think about Eve, holding that fruit in her hand, when you are at a crossroads. The next time you faced with a similar decision, don’t give in to that voice that tells you that you might as well go ahead. Stop right where you are and do what you know is right.
It’s never too late to do the right thing, until you do the wrong thing.