I sat down this morning and was able to have a quiet 45 minutes reading my Bible and hearing from God. This is unusual!
Today is my first home-alone day without children for 14 years!
The last months and years I have often struggled to know what to read when I pick up my Bible. Just recently a friend lent me a Bible study series on Genesis.
Here’s what God revealed to me today from Genesis 3 about Eve.
Eve was the first ever woman. We all know this. What does it actually mean?
Women like to be with each other, like to chat, like to share emotions, and deeper things. Eve had no other women to share with like this, no social network of female companions. No coffee mornings. No girlfriend to call when she wanted a chat.
Eve didn’t even have a childhood – she was just suddenly there as an young woman – no frame of reference for anything, no mother or father to learn from or ask of, no passed down wisdom or knowledge from past generations, no books or internet to answer her questions.
Yes, she had a wonderful husband called Adam. But he was just as new to everything as she was!
So who did Eve go to to share the depths of her being with, to learn from, to ask questions of…to have a heart-to-heart chat?
God – her Father, her only source!
Isn’t this amazing – she had to go to him for everything. She was totally dependant on God – from her smallest to deepest emotional needs, from her everday to her most personal questions.
Adam and Eve had to learn together – from God! Just imagine – no other point of reference in her whole world. Total dependency on God! Walking with God so close everyday, no shame, nothing hidden, deep deep satisfying sharing of hearts.
Then Satan came along.
Until now, God has been Eve’s only source of knowledge. Now here is someone else who is offering knowledge.
Satan offers knowledge from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. See how he persuades Eve to eat the fruit saying, ‘You will become like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.’ Genesis 3:5.
Eve is ‘convinced….the fruit looked so fresh and delicious and it would make her so wise’ Genesis 3:6.
She eats, as does Adam.
It is tragic. Dependency on God is lost. Shame enters. Intimacy with God is broken.
BUT Praise God, what Eve lost, has been totally restored to us today through Jesus.
We can walk close with God everyday, with no shame, nothing hidden, deep deep satisfying sharing of hearts.
In our day, we have so many other points of reference – internet, tv, books, friends, family – none of them wrong in themselves – but so many sources we can turn to other than God.
I am reminded and challenged today that God wants the same kind of relationship with me that he originally had with Eve. How incredible!
I can come to God first in everything. He is there longing for intimacy, eager to answer my most personal questions, as well as my most mundane ones, longing to be my all in everything.
And I am in awe that Jesus us has opened up this kind of life with God to me. Thank you Jesus.
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