Jessica Ann George
St John’s MTC, Queens, NY
14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
Only God can take the hopeless circumstances we get ourselves into and use them to show us He is Lord and God over those situations as well. Today’s passage focuses on the fall of man, and more specifically on God’s response to Adam, Eve, and the serpent after Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit from the tree. After Adam and Eve saw how God reduced the serpent to a cursed creature that accepts the defeat of eating dust day after day, they were probably sure they had an equivalent punishment coming their way because God hates sin and God is displeased with anyone who causes others to sin.
Little did they know, through the serpent’s punishment, God was setting the precedent for years in history to come. Since Satan was the serpent, when God sentenced the serpent to eat dust for all the days of its life, God was subjecting the Satan to the idea of total defeat. For the rest of history, though Satan may try to reach for success in attempting to thwart God’s plans, he would always fall short. Though Satan may have thought he won the battle by convincing God’s creation to turn from their obedience, God was focused on the outcome of the war when cleaning up Adam and Eve’s mess. In verses 16 to 17, God did not seek to set Adam and Eve back. Instead, He gave them the opportunity to be redeemed by Him. This redemption came through Christ, who continues to be our Lord and God today.
We may get ourselves into situations where we are certain that we are destined for failure, but Christ is Lord and God over every moment of our lives and rules with His eyes set on eternity. When we commit to the opportunity to be redeemed by Him, we can be confident that He will take control of our present circumstances and only rule in accordance with His abounding love for us. At the same time we should not forget that sin has it's consequences as we can see in the punishment that was meted out to Adam and Eve and to all of mankind as a result of the original sin.
Father, help us to see You reign as our Lord and God over every moment of our lives. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“All of my life, in every season. You are still God, and I have a reason to sing. I have a reason to worship.” Hillsong United