January 6
Genesis 3:10-13

It wasn’t my idea

After Adam and Eve had disobeyed God, they tried to hide. But God found Adam and asked him if he had eaten of the fruit He had told him not to eat.

Adam answered, “The woman You put here with me gave me the fruit to eat.”

The Lord asked the woman, “Why did you do this?”

She replied, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate it.”

What should I do when others say it is okay to do wrong?

Have any of your friends ever said, “Just do it! No one will ever find out.” Deep down, you don’t have a good feeling about what they are daring you to do. Then, just to convince you, they add, “Everyone is doing it!”

You start wondering if it really is wrong. It doesn’t seem that bad, and no one will find out anyway.

Adam was in a situation like this. Just one bite of the forbidden fruit seemed reasonable. He had seen the woman eat of the fruit, and she seemed okay—she did not die as God said they would if they ate of it.

Adam took a bite. Immediately his purity and innocence was ruined; and to spit the fruit out wouldn’t make things right again. Sin had entered Adam’s heart and broken the close friendship he had with God.

You don’t need to learn the hard way and end up with regrets! Always say no to the things God and your parents have forbidden. Next time someone tells you to do wrong, say that it is sin and try to stay away from people who want you to disobey.

Verse for today

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12