Genesis 3:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
Satan made Eve believe that what God said was not a protection, but rather a prohibition that would stop her from doing something better! He basically said “God does not want you to be happy, He is harsh with you and He does not allow you to grow, to have more, to be better! His commandments are restrictive and limit you! Get over them … and everything will be much better! ”
The same lie is valid now too! I have met many people who believe that if you obey God and abide in His Word, you have a closed life, devoid of perspective, limited and narrow-minded. Satan today offers “opportunities” to “go away”, to “develop personally”, to “open your mind” to new things and experiences, to fulfill your desires and to be happy. However, all these are offered through compromises and disobedience of the Creator. What seemed at first to bring Eve to life, eventually brought her to death.
When you have the revelation that God is good in His essence, that He has only good things in store for you, that He wants you happy, whole, healthy and fulfilled, then you understand that if He sometimes tells you “it would be better for you not to do it!” it’s not because he wants to restrain you, but because he loves you and takes care of you! He always prepares a clean, moral, legal and secure framework so that His believers do not lack anything! When you understand God’s heart for you, you can rest with confidence in the safety of His love!