From the story of creation, man was created with an enviable and glorious destiny. The Lord God placed all that He created under man’s control, as we can see in Genesis 2:15-17, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in charge of the garden of Eden to tend and keep it”.
However, the Lord God left one definite instruction to man saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Please note one thing here, it was Adam that God gave that instruction and the instruction was given to him even before God formed Eve as a companion to Adam. This suggests that it was Adam that passed the instruction God gave to Eve.
However, it was Eve, the woman, that the serpent visited when she was separated from Adam in the garden. As we can see in Genesis 3:1-4 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
And the serpent said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
You see, what led to the crash of the destiny of the first Adam was his given heed to the words of the devil above the words of God. God said, “the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” but the devil countered it by saying, “You will not surely die”.
To die in this context means to be separated from God, So Adam and Eve got separated from God as punishment, meaning that they died. The question is where was the devil who told the woman, “You will not surely die”.
In other words, the devil was nowhere to help prevent Adam and Eve from dying even though he convinced Eve saying, “You will not surely die”. Rather, the serpent was equally punished.
Having seen the background of our study, I want us not to focus more on Adam and Eve, but rather on ourselves, who equally are ignorantly allowing the devil to crash our destiny. The destiny of many people is in shambles, having been crashed.
As the devil used subtlety to cause the destiny of the first man to crash, he is still using the same subtlety to crash the destiny of many people.
It was Paul who rightly said in 2 Corinthians 2:11 where he said, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices”.
Because men are ignorant of the devices of the devil, it is for that reason that the devil is busy using such to crash the destiny of many people. For instance, take a look at the destiny of prince Amnon, one of the sons of King David.
Please, read the story in 2 Samuel 13. Here,, Amnon, in his quest to satisfy his $exual pleasure with his half-sister Tamar, faked illness or pretended to be sick on the advice of Jonadab, a very crafty man.
Less than 10 minutes or so of Amnon’s $exual pleasure led to the crash of his destiny because prince Amnon was later killed for defiling his half-sister Tamar.
Apart from Amnon in the Bible, whose destiny was crashed as a result of his craving for $exual pleasures. Also, take a look at what happened some time ago that went viral.
That viral news was the story of a Man who Chops Off the Juvenile’s Hands for Raping a 7-Month-Old Daughter in India.
For one thing, many people with complete two hands are struggling to fulfill their destiny, how much more the destiny of a young man whose two hands were chopped off.
In addition, the internet is littered with numerous stories of men that bagged life sentences for rape, so-called enjoyment of momentary $exual pleasure. Look at this case of Alwar gang-rape case: 4 sentenced to life imprisonment till natural death
We may condemn these young men for their actions, but that is the devil for you. Crashing your destiny is his target, if you are not careful, the devil can manipulate you into engaging in similar actions.
It was Joseph in the bible that really gave us an insight into how not to allow the devil to crash our destiny through $exual pleasure. As we can see in Gen 39:6-9.
The above reference says, “Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”
But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand.
There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
In the above story, Joseph escaped the trap of the devil to use momentary $exual pleasures to crash his destiny because he feared God and saw the action of so-called enjoyment of $exual pleasures as great wickedness, and sin against God.
Guess what, what if Joseph had accepted the wife of Portipher’s $exual advances? Two things may have happened, Joseph may have lived and died in Potiphar’s house as a glorified houseboy or a slave.
Secondly, since the devil was so interested in crashing his destiny, so he would have manipulated the situation so that Joseph and Potiphar’s wife would have been caught red-handed in the very act.
Wait a minute, Joseph was a slave, so Portipher would have killed him or jailed him for life. You see, he was jailed only based on an allegation, how much more if he was caught red-handed in the very act.
What is your own intake on the matter? Will you allow the devil to manipulate you through $exual pleasure of sin to crash your destiny, or will you run for your life as Joseph did?
What I am trying to say is that you should be cautious, most of the so-called $exual pleasures or enjoyment the devil is presenting before you may be his trap to crash your destiny.
Will you allow him to succeed in crashing your destiny, or will you come out unscratched? The decision is yours. Shalom!