“For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me." - Psalm 51:5

"Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins." - Acts 13:38

"The allure of the forbidden mixed with human curiosity can be a dangerous combination. Adam and Eve had everything they needed as they lived in God’s perfect garden. Only one thing was off-limits—the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told them, 'If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die'” - Genesis 2:17

God’s warning was clear, but the serpent capitalized on Adam and Eve's curiosity. It provoked them to question God’s rule: “You won’t die! . . . God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil” (vs. 4-5). If I had been in Eve’s place, I surely would have wondered what would happen if I sampled the forbidden fruit. Would I really become like God? Would I really die? What would it be like to understand good and evil?

The answers to these questions became clear to Adam and Eve when they ate of the fruit (v.6). Satisfying their curiosity and willfully disobeying God negatively affected all of humanity (vs. 16-19).

While being curious is no crime, disregarding God’s laws will devastate our relationship with Him. Instead, “Those who love [God’s] instructions have great peace and do not stumble” (Psalm 119:165). Our curiosity should never trump our obedience to God.

Why do you suppose God created humans with the capacity to be curious? How might curiosity lead a person to consider a relationship with God Him?

Thank You for making me curious, Lord. But, help me to not be so curious that I am led astray. Amen.
Jul 23 2018