So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. – Genesis 3:6-7
In order for temptation to work, it has to be appealing. Somehow there must be something desirable. But temptation’s appeal always hides a bitter aftertaste. Sometimes that aftertaste is fatal. Sometimes the full impact of the poison center of temptation isn’t seen until much later. Sometimes the impact seems in many ways positive.
This is the case when Adam and Eve give into the temptation to eat the forbidden fruit. There was an initial benefit. Their eyes were opened. They saw things they had never seen before. There was a new self-awareness.
On the one hand, to be self-aware is a good thing. Perhaps you’ve known someone who is totally unaware of his impact. You might run into people who are boorish and insufferable, but have no clue that everyone is moving away from them.
You might also know of some people who are so self-aware that everything becomes something about them. A trip to the store becomes a saga of frustration, distress, and personal offense.
All this imbalance has its beginnings in the seemingly-desirable forbidden fruit. Boorishness is simply self-absorption to the extreme. Paranoia is self-worship. In either case our eyes are not focused on God. We have no true point of context to make our way through life. We lose sight of our True North.
Rather than delightfully-desirable distractions, we must look to Jesus. His mercy, love, and grace will point us back to God, and to the blessings he offers. He is delighted to give those blessings to all who look to him in faith.