Adam had quite a good deal – a great place to live, a job to do, and as much food as he could eat. (Genesis 2 v 15) There was a requirement of course – tending the garden.
It’s interesting to note that while he had to tend all the garden, he didn’t quite get to eat from all of it. There was one tree he was required to tend, but not eat from – the tree of knowledge. In a society where there was no coinage, no buying, selling or bartering even, this was the only way Adam could make any sort of gift or offering to God. In a sense, this was the very first tithe. It wasn’t a financial offering, but one of time and effort. So when we’ve put our 10% in the collection plate on Sunday, perhaps it would be good to take a check to make sure we’ve made an offering of our time and effort too.
One other thing I noticed about this, is that Adam could not simply avoid temptation. It was there, right under his nose, every day. He had to take care of it!
This tells me that God doesn’t intend for us to run away from temptation, but that he gives us the strength to overcome it. Sadly, very sadly for all of us, Adam messed up – but this was not God’s desire for him. His desire is that we confront our issues, and take hold of the power he gives us –
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”
So there you go – no excuses for Adam, and none for us either – we can do it!