Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13)
Relate: The idea of a clean slate was a good one. What happened? I loved the concept of a new beginning. Has it already been marred? I’m not even halfway through day two of this new year and already I’ve sinned. I’ve messed up. I’ve failed. This year began with such high hopes. It began with such promise, but my stupid pride, my foolish ambition, my lazy apathy, my fallen humanity already got in the way. Now I’m stuck sitting here wondering why I even bother. I should fall to my knees asking for forgiveness and then get up and start walking this journey again. Instead, my instinct is to try to run and hide from God. My shame, my embarrassment, my pride in thinking I can fix this on my own keeps me from coming to Him.
React: I can completely understand where Adam and Eve are coming from in Genesis three. We talk about a clean slate, but they literally had one. How about no regrets, no mistakes, no past sin or failure in your life… ever. They were perfect. They were sinless. However, barely get three chapters into this grand story and already things are messed up. Even the best of the best, even humanity’s champion failed. Adam (which means “man” or “human” in Hebrew) was the prototype for all that we were meant to be. He was created in the image of God, but before the story can even begin to gain traction, he has marred that image. Now all of us, for the rest of time, have followed his example and fallen prey to our own sinful desires.
Thank God for God. This could have been the end of the story. It should have been the end but God provided a way out. Even as God was telling Eve the truth and consequences of her action he promised that a child would come from her line who would crush the enemy’s head. Where Adam failed, God would raise up another champion. I cannot win, I can’t even fight this battle called life on my own. No matter how many times the calendar rolls over and I try to start again I will fail. I will fall. That is why I need to hide behind heaven’s champion. Jesus is the ultimate truth. He has paid the consequences for my failures when He died on that cross.
I thank You that You don’t make me walk this journey on my own. I thank You that You have provided a way out for this mess that I’ve made of my life. I recognize that I will never be strong enough, I will never be good enough on my own. Help me to step out of the way so that You can lead. Help me to hide behind a greater champion.