The Divine Measure
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate …
There’s an age-old method of evaluation called ‘the good, the true, and the beautiful,’ where things are measured by their utility (the good), their reality (the true), and their quality (the beautiful). For instance, spinach is good because it has nutritional benefits for our bodies. Dickie’s Lake in Montana is beautiful because the water is turquoise and crystal clear. My grandparents’ marriage is true because it follows God’s created ideal for man and woman. But these aren’t manmade distinctions, friend; they’re God-given; and we discover them right here in Genesis 3:6. Notice: Eve finds the tree to be good for food, a delight to the eyes, and conforming to wisdom. Her standard for evaluation is correct, but her foundation is faulty. Like so many in our world, she determines the goodness, truth, and beauty of the fruit based on what her eyes tell her, not on what God has told her.
Friend, if we don’t evaluate every facet our lives by what God says rather than by how things seem, we’re headed for a fall ourselves.