There is a children’s song that used to be quite popular many years ago called Little Sir Echo. There are good echoes and there are evil echoes. There is an echo which preceded that song which carries with it a spiritual loss, a loss of eternal life for many who believe it. It is an echo from the Garden of Eden, a lying echo. As Eve was questioning God’s withholding of the beautiful fruit, we are told: “Eve was surprised and startled as she thus seemed to hear the echo of her thoughts.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 54.
Her thoughts were questioning God’s request! It is even now that many will question God’s wisdom in withholding foods, etc., and, wonder of wonders, they will hear an echo of their thoughts. Satan cannot read your thoughts but he can tell by your actions, what you are looking at and coveting after and he will make sure, through the voice of friends or family, that it is okay to question God and to go against His will.
“What is this but an echo of the voice from Eden, ‘In the day ye eat thereof’—transgress the divine requirement—‘ye shall be as gods’ (Genesis 3:5)? Satan claimed to have received great good by eating of the forbidden fruit … .” Ibid., 55.
Oh how many times we hear that God is love and it will be okay to transgress a little and it tastes so good so it really can’t be that bad anyway. Little Sir Echo—the echo that does not tell the whole truth! What was the whole truth?
“… he [Satan] did not let it appear that by transgression he had become an outcast from heaven. Though he had found sin to result in infinite loss, he concealed his own misery in order to draw others into the same position.” Ibid., 55.
He concealed his misery! He concealed his loss! Will you be blinded by following that little echo for temporal pleasure and become an outcast? For Adam, “Love, gratitude, loyalty to the Creator—all were overborne by love to Eve.” Ibid., 56. Are you following that little echo through friends and family and choosing them over God’s precious Word? Will you be found in that same misery when the books are opened and the Great Judge looks upon your actions? We cannot use the excuse: “the devil made me do it.”
God offers you eternal life through Jesus Christ and a life with Him for an eternity of unbelievable happiness. Will you follow the little echo and live for now in disobedience or will you follow on in obedience to the glory of God, and be called to live for eternity with all of the heavenly family?
Do not be like Eve who fell when she listened to the little echo but stand strong in the Lord’s army not allowing anything to turn your feet from walking with Him.
Heavenly Father: Thank You for the warnings You have given in mercy because of Your love toward me. I am so thankful for freedom of choice, but I need the mind of Jesus to work in and through me. I need to recognize the little echo that may be drawing me into evil thoughts or actions. “Lead me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make Thy way straight before my face” (Psalm 5:8). Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen.