I guess we’re all wired to pursue the ideal. The world calls it following “your heart,” and we Christians refer to it as “the will of God.” But in truth, we generally settle for nothing less than our version of how life ought to be.
Any search for the ideal needs only to look at the Garden of Eden to see the futility of that pursuit.
Along with an ideal life, deep within their hearts resided the possibility of discontent. Understand, this possibility wasn’t sin—but it represented a necessary potential in their relationship with God.
Because they could sin, it meant their worship of God originated from their wills—not from their reflexes.
They chose to obey—or not.
In other words, an ideal life had nothing to do with what went wrong. In the midst of perfection, they chose to sin.
Their circumstances were irrelevant.
That’s important to remember as we follow God’s plan for our lives.