They were the world's richest couple. They had everything they could think of. Adam and Eve lived in a luxury that we can only imagine. They had perfect bodies, perfect health, perfect lives. They had no need for doctors or gym memberships.
There was no hunger. There was no pain. There was no fear. There was no abuse (physical, emotional or mental). There were no extra-marital affairs. Yet this idyllic marriage didn't remain that way.
All because Eve wanted something that she shouldn't have.
Eve's downfall came because she was not satisfied with what she had. The bounty that she had before her paled in comparison to the one thing she did not have.
God said: "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat" (Genesis 2:16).
Eve said: "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden." (Genesis 3:2)
The absence of two words changed the whole perspective of what she had. You could almost hear the click when her eyes focused on the tree that she should not eat from.
"Why can't I have that? I want it!"
Instead of: "I don't really need that. I have enough."
But aren't we still doing that though? We like to think only the very rich are discontent with what they have. When the truth is every day we whine and complain about something that we have that a lot of that other people would want.
As Jamaicans say:
When we focus on the "missing" element, we forget to give praise for our many blessings. In more cases than not, our quest for that one thing costs us everything else. Want all, lose all.
Eve's desire for the "missing thing" cost her and her husband everything. Their home. Their cozy jobs. A stress-free life. An unhindered friendship with God.
Lord, help us not to focus on what we don't have. Instead, teach us to appreciate what we do. Thank You for being the God who supplies all our needs. Amen.
What "missing thing" are you pursuing today? Are you willing to let it cost you everything?