Life Lessons from Women in the Bible: Eve

Hi, all!

Last week, I did a few polls on Instagram about what kind of content you’d like to see from me. When I asked if posts about lessons we can learn from women in the Bible would be interesting, 100% of voters said, “Yes,” so here were are.

I recently started teaching the women’s Sunday School class at church, and we’re going through an in-depth study of women from the Bible. Eve was the first on that list.

If you’re unfamiliar with her story, Eve, and her husband, Adam, were the first people God created. They lived in the Garden of Eden, and everything was perfect. Then, a serpent, which was Satan incarnate, tempted Eve to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the only thing God had warned her and Adam against.

Unfortunately, Eve gave into temptation, and Adam ate the fruit, too. With that “simple” act, sin entered the world.

Here are four lessons we can learn from Eve:

Satan told Eve that, when she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, her eyes would be open, and she would be like God. He wasn’t lying about the first part; her eyes were opened. She realized that she was naked and felt shame. The lie was that she would be like God. No one is like Him.

We must be careful of believing half truths because essentially, they’re still lies. We might try to claim ignorance, but each of us is born with a basic understanding of right and wrong.

After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, and their eyes were opened, God came walking in the garden. They hid and covered themselves with leaves. When God found them, even though He knew what they’d done, He still gave them a chance to explain. What did Adam and Eve do? Adam blamed God and Eve, and she blamed the serpent.

When we sin, no one is to blame but ourselves. We must each stand accountable for our own wrongs. Remember, when we point a finger at someone else, there are three more pointing right back at us.

Adam, Eve, and the serpent (Satan) each received a curse as a result of their sin. Adam would have to work the land. Eve would experience pain in child birth. The serpent would crawl on his belly and would have his head crushed by man.

When we sin, we have to live with the repercussions. Even if it seems like we’re getting away with it, someone always finds out. Additionally, sometimes those consequences are long-lasting, and they usually affect others.

Yes, Eve messed up big time, but God is merciful and offered her [and Adam] redemption. They were allowed to continue living. They were able to have children. No, their lives were no longer perfect, but God showed them grace.

We are imperfect people and sin. That’s just the way it is. However, God offers redemption to us; His name is Jesus Christ. If we ask Jesus into our hearts, and believe in Him, we can have eternal life in heaven. That’s the ultimate redemption.

I hope you’ve learned as much from Eve as I have.

Sarah

You Are Altogether Beautiful, My Darling

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week and doing well!

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite Bible verses. It’s Song of Solomon 4:7, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” While this verse doesn’t mean that we’re perfect, it does mean that God created us wonderfully unique. There is no one on Earth just like you or just like me. Even if you’re a twin, I guarantee there are plenty of differences that set you and your sibling(s) apart.

With social media, the world’s definition of “beauty” gets thrust in our faces on a daily basis. It’s so easy to play the comparison game, and think, “I’m not as beautiful as her because my clothes aren’t the latest trend,” “I’m not as beautiful as her because my house doesn’t look like it’s out of a magazine,” “Her relationships are so amazing because she’s beautiful,” “My body doesn’t look like that; no one will think I’m as beautiful as she is.”

I have fallen into this trap, too, but I want you to remember something: “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” All Scripture is God-breathed, meaning He inspired every word. God created you and considers all of His creations beautiful.

Maybe you’re a mom, and your body doesn’t look like it used to. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Your body is incredible! It conceived, carried, and birthed a human (or multiple ones)! This is an amazing feat that half the world (men) can’t do.

Maybe you’re battling cancer and have lost your hair due to treatments. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” You are fighting for your life everyday. The strength within you is astounding, and I admire you greatly!

Maybe you have a few more gray hairs and fine lines than you used to. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” You’ve lived long enough to have gray hairs, which is a privilege denied to many. Think about all of the experiences you’ve been through to get to this point!

Maybe your husband doesn’t look at you like he used to and your marriage is on shaky ground. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Marriage is hard! Trust me, I know, but it’s worth fighting for! Also remember, you’re worthy of love, and if God is at the center of your marriage, you’ll make it through.

Maybe you feel like your body’s too big or too thin. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Remember, God made you special, and while it’s important to take care of your body, everyone’s at a different point on that journey. Show yourself grace as you work toward your goals.

Maybe you’re a teenager and your skin is blemished or your body is going through uncomfortable changes. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” You’re not meant to look like all the other girls in the hallways. I guarantee that they have their own insecurities. Being a teenager is tough, especially in today’s world, but high school is only a moment in your life, and things get better!

I just want to end today’s post by reminding you, “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” However, don’t let appearances deceive you; beauty starts from within. If our hearts aren’t right, then it doesn’t matter how “beautiful” we look on the outside. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God is not only our Creator, He also wants to be our Savior. By asking Jesus to be the Lord of your life, not only are you promised eternity with Him, but He will also create a pure, beautiful heart within you, that will spill out for others to see.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Sarah