When a woman is convinced that she knows what’s best for her life, when she feels vulnerable and unprotected, she usually takes things into her own hands and forges ahead despite the risk. That’s exactly what Eve did. She operated under the delusion that God was withholding something good from her—that He was untrustworthy. She feared she was missing out, and her husband left her totally unprotected as she was in the throes of temptation.
Turning her back on God, she took a giant leap of independence. She plunged head-long into disobedience and took the rest of her daughters down with her (that’s you and me). We may want to lay the blame on Adam’s passivity, the serpent’s subtlety or temptation’s power, but Eve is responsible for the choice to commit treason against her Faithful Creator.
Rather than serving her husband well as his helpmate, she influenced him to join in her corruption:
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)
If we were watching this scene in vibrant Technicolor, at this point I’d expect to see the dark shadows of black and white flow from the freshly bitten fruit, covering and gobbling up each color-tinged pixel, like a wave rolling across the field of vision until all color is obliterated by charcoal shades of grey, with drab bits of white. Everything in Paradise is changed.
For the first time, fear enters the garden:
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)
The ruling couple stands shivering in shameful fear of their Creator. Instead of enjoying a fun day together, seeking out new adventures and running to greet the Father, darkness invades their relationship and they run for cover.
Rather than bringing freedom and the promised God-like power, their disobedience has introduced the first couple to craving’s bondage. Their exposure to sin has forever marred them and they will never be the same. Every marriage since that day has groaned under the effects of their fall.
Eve may have opened a Pandora’s Box, but thankfully—that’s not where the story ends!
The shadow of the cross falls upon the guilty pair as the first blood is shed—a sacrificial animal, slain to provide garments to cover man’s nakedness. This redemptive act points to the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” whose holy blood would serve as man’s only atonement (Genesis 3:21; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Revelation 5:6–14).
You may not be aware of it, but God is involved in your life. He sees you. He knows what you’re facing today, and He cares. He desires to speak to you through His Word, to communicate His truth, to give encouragement and guidance. He longs to have fellowship with you. He delights in bringing beauty out of the ashes of broken marriages.
Because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, because grace flows when we humble ourselves and cry out to Him for help—we can give and receive love the way we were created to experience. You, who are restless and weary of heart, find your heart’s rest here. Christ offers true love to you. You may never have known or even imagined a love of this proportion. We, who are helpless, can find our need fully met in this Man.
Have you received this grace?
I’d love to hear about it!
Excerpt from Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior © 2012• Kimberly Wagner • Moody Publishers