Food promises to calm my anxieties, ease unruly emotions, distract me, and reassure me. But its comforts don’t last. It fills my stomach but leaves me personally empty. I need a better alternative.
You will be like God.
Alluring words, but deadly ones, because they flow from a forked-tongue. “Like God” sounds good until you look at the details: knowing like God knows means knowing what is good and what is evil just like God knows what is good and what is evil. How does God know what is good and what is evil? He uses His own goodness to evaluate all else. It works perfectly for Him, but only because He is good through and through. It doesn’t work for any other being, natural or supernatural. The serpent’s alluring words spring from a warped character and lead to death. The same thing happens when we use our own character to evaluate our circumstances, because we also aren’t good through and through – our forked-hearts kill our joy. Knowing like God knows can only be done by God.
We don’t obtain rest by pursuing rest; we obtain rest by pursuing Jesus. As Matthew 11:28 says, rest is a gift,