A Twist in the Tale
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The first part of the devil’s message here insinuates that God is false—“You will not surely die”—but the latter section goes further by insinuating that God is malicious—“God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened.” See, Satan doesn’t just want us to think of God as untruthful; he wants us to think of God as devilish. So he sows little weeds of doubt into the garden of our hearts, little inversions of reality, little twists to the truth, and if he can just get those seeds to fester in the shadows of our thoughts, then they’ll eventually suffocate all that’s good, true, and beautiful. So doubt your doubts before you believe them, friend. Today, if you hear the devil whispering something like, “God doesn’t have your best interest at heart,” or “look at what He’s holding back,” feel the wounded hands of Jesus reaching down for you, read your name again in His scars, and remember who you are to Him.
That should set the story straight.