Did you ever think about how easy Adam and Eve had it? They were in the most fabulous garden of delights in the world and they controlled it all. Adam got to name all the animals and that meant they all reported to him. He and Eve spoke personally with God every day and never had to second guess if it was really God talking. They lacked nothing; everything was theirs in abundance.
Basically they had it made except for one little thing. There were no requirements but to obey God when he said; “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.” (Genesis 2:17) Simple obedience yet they blew it.
Let’s not be so quick to condemn them however. Simple obedience is actually a pretty hard thing. If you think otherwise, how often do you fall short of such commands of Jesus as loving your neighbor as yourself or forgiving your enemies seventy times seven?
Samuel the Prophet told Saul that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22) when he disobeyed God’s direct command. He could just as well have said it to me because I’ve done plenty of disobeying myself. For Saul, his disobedience lost him the kingdom.
Considering how severe consequences can be, shouldn’t we make obedience a top priority in our life? Is there something God has told you to do that you are somehow ignoring? Or, are you doing something right now that is in direct disregard of God’s command?
When it comes to obeying God, don’t think about it as optional. Maybe that’s where our first parents went wrong. If God says to: just do it!