God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?” [Genesis 3:11, MSG].
Growing up, when we would come home and speak in a manner inconsistent with the way we had been raised or taught by our parents, we were often asked: “Who told you?”. When this question was asked in our local dialect, and with a certain tone and body posture, we knew we were in serious trouble for listening to another voice, over our parent’s voice. This is what happened to Adam in the garden. The Lord God had given Adam specific instructions concerning the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and yet Adam disobeyed the voice of God because another voice usurped God’s voice in his life.
In this age of social media and easy access to the internet, you can have many voices speaking to you, all vying for your attention. Some voices are subtle and creep in slowly, while others are loud and belligerent, almost seeking to jump at you with what you should do. From the blogs, Google, shares, likes, tweets and re-tweets, we are constantly being told who we are, what to do, how to do and when to do. As we are exposed to information consistently, God is asking you “Who told you?“.
Who told you that you are not good enough and that you don’t measure up when He has made you royalty in Christ Jesus [1 Peter 2:9]? Who told you that you are not beautiful, because you have freckles or have folds somewhere when He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made [Psalms 139:14]? Who told you that no one loves you and that you are a loner, when He gave up his only begotten for you and has promised to never leave you nor forsake you [John 3:16, Hebrews 13:5]? Who told you that life is not worth living and that you have no purpose, when He purposed you for good works before the foundations of the world [Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 2:10]? Who told you that that disease that is plaguing you is incurable, when the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead lives in you and by the stripes of Jesus, you were healed [Romans 8:11, 1 Peter 2:24]? Really who told you?
Prior to Adam disobeying God, he didn’t know that he was naked. It was his disobedience that awakened his physical senses his eyes to see his shortcomings, failures, and weaknesses. He no longer saw all that God had made him to be, nor the splendor of God’s creation he had put him in charge of. Instead, all Adam could see was his nakedness. God’s disappointment in Adam was not in the fact that he ate the fruit of the tree, but in that he allowed another voice to be superior, especially when God had spoken to him expressly. Beloved, whose voice are you allowing to dominate and lead you? Is it the voice of God or the voice of man? What is it that God has expressly told you concerning your life? Have you allowed a man’s voice to lead you astray from it?
Instead of accepting that the fault was his, Adam blamed the woman, who blamed the serpent. Still not grasping the extent of what they had done, “the Lord God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled (cheated, outwitted, and deceived) me, and I ate” [Genesis 3:13]. The thing that they had done was that in disobeying God they had brought a curse not only on themselves but all of God’s creation. What affected Adam, now affected all that he was given dominion over. Do you know that allowing another voice to lead you astray, impacts not only you but those in your world? So what is it that you have done in allowing a man to lead you away from what God has specifically spoken to you in private? What is that you have done in choosing what your flesh dictates to you, over what God’s Word has said to you in His Word? What is that you have done in rejecting the voice of the Holy Spirit in favor of what social media tells you?
God is a loving parent and when we go astray, He always provides a path of rescue for us, even when our disobedience leads to consequences. No matter what voice we chose, “And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here. [Isaiah 30:21, TLB]. Yet, I ask you this day, whose report will you choose to believe? As for me and my house, we choose to believe the report of the Lord!