Last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder introduced our next series, Bad Girls of the Bible. The bottom line of the series is, “Your focus shapes your future.” This week, our focus is on the original bad girl, Eve. And today, we are focusing on Ben’s lesson that most of our regrets could be avoided if we considered the source.
As a female, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, I wanted to know more about the First Lady of the world. So I Googled “Eve.” Much to my dismay, the first search result from that source proclaimed Eve to be an American rapper! I decided to change my source to Genesis 1-3, where I learned that Eve was created by God from Adam’s rib so that Adam would not be alone in the garden. Unfortunately, rather than obeying God’s direct command to not eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, Eve listened to the tempting words of the serpent instead and committed the original sin! Having committed a few sins of my own, I read on wondering if Eve had regrets.
I learned that not only was Eve the first woman of the world, and Adam’s companion, she was the mother of us all! She shared a special relationship with God and co-responsibility with Adam over creation. She also displayed certain characteristics of God. Although she was in paradise, she showed weakness by allowing Satan to undermine her contentment. Satan helped Eve shift her focus away from all that God had provided to the one thing he had withheld. Eve acted impulsively without talking either to God or her mate. She not only sinned but also shared her sin with Adam. And when confronted with that sin, she blamed others!
(Breathing a sigh of relief) … It seems the basic human tendency to sin goes back to the beginning of the human race! Like Eve, how often is our attention drawn from the much that is ours to the little that isn’t?
Why is our pursuit of happiness undermined by the green grass on the other side of the fence? To whom are we listening? Are our sources credible, life giving, and trustworthy? Or are they selfish and ego-centric? Do we need to refocus on what is most important?
1b And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2a fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith.
What regrets do you have? Can you lay them down and, instead, pick up and live out God’s Grace?
Most regrets could be avoided if we consider the source. Make sure your sources are credible, life giving, and trustworthy. To help you with your next step, consider joining a CedarCreek Group or attending the Leadership Summit online or in person on August 5-6 for a new perspective.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for creation! Help us to see ourselves as an image of you. Teach us from credible sources. Help us teach others. Amen.
This post was written by Pam Haynam. Pam is a writer for the LivingItOut Bible Study and a cook for the weekend worship band. She has a passion for education having served her community on a district school board and is currently serving on a board that sponsors charter schools across the state. She and her husband have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and five grandsons.
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