This morning I read day 2 of the She Reads Truth Advent plan. Today’s plan was focused on Genesis 3:1-15. I always have tension with Genesis 3:1-15, because I love the themes and what God does but I always want to know more than the text gives. I want to know more in the conversations between Adam, Eve and Satan.
My favorite them in Genesis 3:1-15 is Jehovah Jireh, God provides! God provided in the garden and he has always been providing our needs before we even knew our needs! This has been a common theme in my life, but that’s another blog post. He knew the world would need a Messiah before Adam and Eve did.
The author of the devotional, Rachel Myers, pointed out that with sin we are often so focused on the consequences and the shame. There are times where I get in a car accident and focus on the shame of calling my parents, instead of the death that could have happened to the involved parties. As if shame is worse than death.
This is true in our Spiritual lives too! How often do we forget that we were heading on a path of death? How often in our sin do we focus on the sin and the consequences and not the Savior. Yes, God does discipline. My pastor, Brad Parkhust, said something in the summer of 2013 that I loved! He said, “There is a reason discipline and disciple sound so much the same.” In the garden, God disciplined Adam and Eve with both justice and mercy. God who made us, disciplines us, because He loves us.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”.
God is good, and wise, and kind, and working in your life right now, even if through discipline. Your sins are never greater than his love for you.
“God is in the business of redemption.” – Rachel Myers
I will leave you with this beautiful gem from today’s devotional:
“We read as people living between two advents – on the “He did” side of the first advent of Jesus (celebrating what He has done), and on the “He will” side of Jesus’ second coming (celebrating what He is doing and will do).”
“As we read, may we remember: We’re reading our very own story of rescue.”