Tuesday, January 3

in the beginning...

I just started a program to read and study the Bible daily. I must admit that I don't always feel like reading the Bible, because it's not an "easy read" for me. My personality likes to study the scripture and learn something new. I ask myself, "What does God want to show me through His word?" While I've read the creation story many times, I began with a prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to show me something new. Here are some insights:

Genesis 1:3
And God said, "Let there be light."
This happened on the first day. But it wasn't until the fourth day that God put lights in the expanse of the sky (stars, sun and moon). So where did the light come from on that first day when He created it? Hmmmm....I'm no scholar or anything, but I like to think that the very essence of God himself is Light. he just radiates Light! His Light comes from within and is so unlike anything we humans can even grasp. Just something to think about....

Genesis 1:29
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground — everything that has breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food."
I was just thinking about God's perfect plan for man and animal in the beginning. There would be no killing of animals for food. In fact, there would really be no reason to work hard (cook and prepare) for our food. We would eat the plants and food that He provided. Isn't that just like our God to provide for our needs? To think that plants and fruit were made for US! This inspires me to eat better and rest knowing that God will provide for me!

And I always love Genesis 2 — The creation of Adam and Eve. It reminds me that as a woman, I have the privilege of "helping" my husband. This is why I was created! Help me, Lord, to always remember to be the kind of help mate that you desire of me. Forgive me, when my pride and selfishness and stubbornness seem to take over.

Genesis 3:16 (after Adam and Eve had sinned)
To the woman He said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you."
Who wants to be ruled over??? I'm not sure I know of anyone. This "punishment" of God's seems awful, because women can be very smart and capable. We have a mind and opinions and a brain. And yes, let's face it....doesn't it feel good to be right sometimes?! Even so, God has placed a real desire for us women to have a healthy relationship with our husbands. I know that when things aren't going as well as I'd like in our marriage, I am totally consumed with it. How do I fix it? How can our marriage be healthy? You combine that with the fact that God says my husband is to rule over me — and LOOK OUT! What kind of cruel joke is this? Well, I'm reminded that although this setup occurred after the fall of sin, the reality is that God designed woman to be a man's helper. While I have no problem being a helper, the struggle occurs because I don't want to be ruled over! But I DO know that God is ever faithful and He completely knows what He's doing and why this is necessary to have harmony in a marriage. When I humble myself to my husband and let him "lead" this family, the benefits are tremendous! Dale is able to shine and be who God designed him to be AND I learn how beautiful it is to surrender my flesh to God. It's more about submitting to God's will and plan for me, than merely letting Dale "rule over" me. When I am humble and have an open and teachable heart, it is THEN that God can use and and shape me!

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