Be discerning! Not Everything that Looks Pleasing and Promises Wisdom is from God.

Genesis 3:6 (NIV) illustrates a pivotal moment of deception and disobedience: “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

This verse serves as a powerful warning about the dangers of relying solely on our senses and desires when making decisions. Eve’s encounter with the serpent in the Garden of Eden teaches us valuable lessons about discernment, identity, and the consequences of misaligned choices.

The Deception of Appearance

The fruit appeared good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom. However, these surface-level attributes masked the underlying danger and disobedience associated with eating it. Not everything that looks good or promises benefits aligns with God’s will. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) cautions, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Therefore, we must look beyond appearances and seek God’s guidance in all things.

The Deception of Promised Wisdom

The serpent’s promise to Eve—that eating the fruit would make her like God and prevent death—was a distortion of truth. Eve already bore the image of God, as do we all (Genesis 1:27). Her lack of understanding of her true identity and her existing likeness to God led her to believe she needed something more. This deception led to her fall.

Understanding Our True Identity

Eve’s desire to be like God revealed a fundamental misunderstanding of her identity. As children of God, we are already created in His image and likeness. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) affirms, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Recognizing our identity in Christ helps us resist the allure of false promises and remain grounded in God’s truth.

The Importance of Discernment

Discernment is essential in distinguishing between what is from God and what is not. Hebrews 5:14 (NIV) states, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Through prayer, studying Scripture, and seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we can develop the discernment necessary to navigate life’s challenges and avoid deception.

A Call to Vigilance

As we navigate a world filled with enticing yet potentially harmful options, we must remain vigilant. Romans 12:2 (NIV) urges, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Prayer for Discernment

Heavenly Father, help us to look beyond what is pleasing to the eyes and promises worldly wisdom. Guard our hearts and minds from deception, and help us to rely on Your Word and Spirit for guidance. Lord, strengthen our resolve to seek Your will in all things and to remain steadfast in Your truth.

Grant us the maturity to discern and the courage to choose Your path, even when it is difficult. May our lives reflect Your wisdom and bring glory to Your name. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.



By P. Gloria Austine (Permission granted, if this resource has impacted you, help us reach others. Kindly share with friends, families, etc)

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