Little kids dress up as princesses and superheroes, often dreaming of growing up to be teachers, celebrities, or even the president of the United States. Kids yearn to grow up and be in positions of power and control, but the reality is they have to have rules, bedtimes, and curfews to keep them safe. All children want to do is grow up and be able to set their own rules, but they don’t quite realize that these rules aren’t meant to hold back the fun; they are guardrails for their protection.
Look both ways before you cross the street. Be home before it gets dark. Don’t jump on the furniture. We can all probably remember some similar rules we had in our homes when we were growing up. And even though the rules didn’t always make sense to us, our parents usually intended for these rules to protect us.
The same is true with the rule that was set for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2, Adam and Eve had it pretty easy when it came to rules—God only gave them one. They had a lot of freedom and were able to eat from any of the trees that were good and pleasing to the eye, but God just asked that they stay away from one tree. Yet, even with such a simple rule, they couldn’t do it. They thought that God was holding out on them. They thought they were missing out on something.
We scoff at Adam and Eve’s big fall in the Garden of Eden. But don’t we do the same thing? We often fall into the trap of thinking that we’ve outgrown rules and should be able to do whatever we want. We should be able to make our own decisions that make us happy. But with all this freedom and personal control, we eventually start to realize that we really don’t have it all figured out as well as we thought. Only God can give us true wisdom on how to handle the thousands of questions we are faced with daily. Only God knows the best plans for our lives—plans that are truly good.
You’re never too old to seek out more wisdom. Thankfully, God promises to give us wisdom if we ask for it. Pray a prayer today asking God for more wisdom.