The Creation shows how good the character of God is toward the woman. He didn’t set up her up to fail; God designed her to win! But it takes faith to be a woman and it always has, even in the presence of the Almighty. Eve was not made a robot. Her belief about what God said had to kick in if she was going to reach her destiny. The same is true of you and me.
Everything was fine until Eve was deceived into acting upon a belief that came from someone other than her Creator. I bring this up to show you how the perfect agreement and harmonious balance between man, woman, and God was from the beginning, and how it came to be broken warped and upside down after sin entered the picture. Their relationship with each other and God were totally out of sync with how God blessed them at creation. Satan had now entered the picture and deceived her out of her nakedness and her confidence.
That brings us to this part of the scripture: “…and thy desire shall be for thy husband” in Genesis 3:16. Many have used this Scripture to mistakenly blame God for today’s state of womanhood and the mistreatment of women. God did not make women anything less than men. This Scripture is not God instituting a principle of inferiority where women are concerned. On the contrary, it is God loving her so much to explain what is going to happen next, and how she is to overcome.
Remember when God gave them the command in Genesis 2:17 not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God didn’t say, “If you eat of it, I will kill you!” But He says, “Don’t eat it, or you will die!” God was not threatening them or manipulating them because that would be force and slavery. But rather, God was giving them a command as a father instructs His children for their safety and well-being. If God wanted to treat them as slaves, subjects, or hostages under His authority, then He would not have given them the ability to make choices in the first place. Think about it. God is all-knowing. Since He knew that man and woman were going to be deceived and choose to sin, if God wanted subjects, slaves, and sub-servient servants, wouldn’t He have intercepted and stopped her and made her not eat of the forbidden tree? If God wanted to be a dictator, wouldn’t He have commanded Adam to go stop his wife from ruining the future of the world? In that way, He could have effectively forced them to be nothing but subjects or programmable robots. Instead, God made them human people in a relationship together with one another and with Himself. The God of Heaven is a good God! He desires to bless us and be in relationship with us as a Father. God’s wisdom knows that real relationships have both ups and downs, but love is what holds them together!
According to Proverbs 8:22-36, what role does God’s wisdom play in your decision-making? How do you ACCESS God’s wisdom? Where do you find it? Where was wisdom in the beginning?
Lesson 12 – Pondering Questions, continued
Textbook: Spiritual Identity by Dr. Merle Ray
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