During a recent counseling session, I was listening to a couple share some frustration they were feeling towards each other. It was a familiar theme to me and perhaps will be to you. It was the very common, “I do everything and you don’t do anything,” debate. My response, thanks to the Holy Spirit, was we need to stop comparing and start caring.
The next morning I still had this thought circling in my head and I decided to run it past my brother when we went out to breakfast. So I asked him have you ever found yourself, whether on a conscious or unconscious level, comparing things? For example, you’re driving in your car and you happen see another car that peaks your interest and before you realize it you’re thinking about that car in comparison to yours. “Oh yea! he replied, I imagine most people find themselves comparing things … isn’t that human nature?
SO WHY DO WE COMPARE?
Why do we find ourselves operating in this comparing mode in the first place? Some of us compare out of curiosity, others out of desire, and some of us out our greed to have more.
The Book of Genesis is where I believe this issue with comparing, in an ungodly way, started. Let’s explore how comparing first developed with Adam and his wife Eve, in the garden that God had made just for them. It all comes down to making that Godly decision when faced with choices, despite the desire we all have to compare one thing against another.
GENESIS 2:9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God clearly made a distinction among these two trees. The Tree Of Life produced life eternal and The Tree of Knowledge of Good And Evil produced death – eternal separation from God. GENESIS 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”