Respond Like Eve

Yes, you read that right, today we’re going to talk about something good that Eve from the Bible did!

Adam and Eve made the biggest screw up in the history of mankind. Think about it for a moment: they are placed into a perfect world, with a perfect God, communing with him daily, and they enjoyed life and creation together. There was no sin, no shame, no death, no competition, no jealousy, no hate, no anxiety, and no fear. What an incredible scene!

Cue the snake and his lies. Adam and Eve gave in and believed the serpent’s vile words, resulting in sin, shame, and death entering the world.

Imagine the guilt you would’ve felt about that! To know that you had perfection, you had everything you ever needed, you had the ability and desire to love God intimately and you traded that away and forever changed the course of history! I’m not going to lie, I would’ve sunk into a deep depression had I been Adam or Eve. I would’ve been crushed by the condemnation I would’ve assigned to myself.

Yet, that’s not what they did. Here’s the instruction God gave to the couple pre-fall.

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.” Genesis 1:28-30

Then they fell, but notice how they responded:

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. ” Genesis 4:1-2

Adam and Eve were obedient even after their fall from grace. If it were me, I would’ve been so tempted to continue in disobedience. If child-bearing would be hard, I wouldn’t want to do it. If I knew that the world would be difficult for my kids and future generations, I don’t know that I would’ve been as eager to procreate. With that level of a screw up, I would’ve been tempted to not work the ground and just let myself die.

My perspective on this might seem a little dramatic and that’s fair, but I encourage you to put yourself in the story and think about how you would’ve responded in Eve’s shoes.

I am so impressed by this woman who was obedient to God’s word even after she fell. She took God at his word, though she, in a previous chapter, had doubted him. She took responsibility for herself and her decisions and chose to do what she was created to do: mother.

Is there anything that God spoke to you that you feel unqualified to do now because of disobedience? Have you been intentionally pursuing your purpose or have you been running from it because of shame and guilt? I encourage you to take a page out of Eve’s book and, when setbacks happen, sins set in, and temptation overtakes you, don’t forget who God is and who you are. You were created for a beautiful and precious purpose, let’s accept the forgiveness that is ours in Christ and choose to walk out this life well.


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