Genesis 3:1-6 (MSG)
“The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.'”
The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.” When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.”
But will you throw it all away to have that one thing that God has said “no” to? Is it pornography? gossip? overeating? or that seductive TV show? Or has He simply said “not yet”, but you want it now?
Is it a relationship? marriage? or a lavish car? You know eating of this would be disobedience. “But it looks so good”, we ponder in our heart.
“If I could just get a bit closer and get a good look, a touch, or even a sniff.”
‘The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.’ Psalm 84:11b NLT
You might think God is withholding something from you but if God withholds no GOOD thing, what you think is a good thing is either not good for you at all or not good for you at this time. God knows it is not good so He is withholding it.
God delights in giving good gifts to His children. We need to stop looking at the one tree we can’t have and start thanking God for all the fruit trees we do have!