Once Upon A Time

 

We all love once upon a time, or in the beginning stories. They are especially great when they end with happily ever after. The best in the beginning story is found in Genesis. It is the story of creation. Each day God recounts what He created with His word. On day six, it is recorded that God created man in His own image. He then caused man to fall in a deep sleep and created woman. They, man and woman, lived in the Garden of Eden with no sin, shame or pain. This was God’s plan. At some point in this wonderful life the woman became deceived. In her deception she ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then offered it to Adam. This deception that led to sin caused separation from God. This act of sin made them realize their nakedness. See they were enjoying the freedom of communion with God, acceptance, love, and self worth. Now they realized their nakedness and tried to cover themselves. Shame and insecurity entered the realm of human feelings.

God’s plan was for us to live in confidence, joy, peace, and a life without sin. Basically a perfect or euphoric life. When sin entered the life of Adam and Eve it changed everything. N longer was communion with God a way of life. Adam and Eve freely walked and lived in the garden without shame. There was total and complete joy. It is hard to imagine a life without conflict and struggle. It existed in the Garden of Eden. After sin entered Adam and Eve’s life things changed dramatically. This affected humankind throughout history.
Man no longer had access to God and communion with Him. In Genesis three we see that enmity will be between Satan and the woman. She will have great increase in pain in childbearing, her desire will be for her husband and he will rule over her. Enmity is hate that grown with time. So Satan’s hate grows stronger against the woman as time goes on. As I think about this I am aware that Satan’s hate has grown very strong against us. See this is not just an Eve thing. Satan has enmity against me and you. He seeks and desires to kill every positive thought, every joy, peace, good relationship. Anything good in your life. The gift of giving birth will now come with much pain. Women will strive for position, but will not attain it for her husband will rule over her. In other words, her struggle will be to be someone, to gain a position, to figure out who she is. In this pursuit she will come up empty.

I have good news ladies! Jesus changed all of that for us. He opened the door to joy, peace, confidence and a personal relationship with God. No longer is there separation between God and us. We are in communion with Him. Satan’s plan is to kill and destroy, but by the blood of Christ He is defeated. We have a Savior who walks and talks with us through anything, including child bearing. Yes, there is still pain but Jesus gives strength and mercy to endure the pain. In our sinful nature we desire position and recognition over others but by the blood of Christ our position and identity are found in Him. We can let go of the struggle and give it to God. Through Jesus we can live the “Garden of Eden” life.

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