2015-03-30 - What Would Eve Say?
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. (Genesis 3:20)
How often I have wondered how many blame me. It’s not like I could change things now, but that doesn't stop me from asking God to take away the horrible memories.
My husband Adam and I had two sons named Cain and Abel. I gave God credit for the births. Both boys were extremely different. Abel liked tending to the animals, while Cain was a natural farmer, planting seeds and tilling the land. Once during the harvest period, Cain offered the Lord a gift of his produce - the leftovers - while Abel gave God the best from his lambs. God was not pleased with Cain’s effort, and only accepted Abel’s offering. Cain, fit with fury and anger, killed Abel.
I felt responsible for Cain’s actions. He deceived God. I, too knew how it felt to disappoint God - and the consequences that brings. I could have spared my eldest the price for his selfish decision, if only I had seen the signs. Cain was cast out from the family because of his crime. I had no idea the depth of his rage. That may be no excuse, but it's the truth.
Adam and I were shocked and distraught. Was it a flaw in our parenting, Cain’s rebellious streak, or both? I’ve never been brave enough to ask the Lord this question.
I am glad to say Adam and I, Earth’s first inhabitants, eventually found happiness. When our third son Seth was born, I gave God glory for his birth - and with good reason. This new baby could not replace the sons lost, but it helped mend the emptiness left by their absence. Adam and I were able to rise above our grief and sad circumstances. God’s grace continued to shine on us, and we went on to have more sons and daughters after Seth.
Lord, Where do I draw the line? Before I do something rash, grant me wisdom in my decision-making skills. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.