The Temptation and the Fall

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Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:12-21, Romans 16:20

We have a painting in our home, one depicting a distraught Eve being comforted by a pregnant Mary, who is wiping away Eve’s tears. Her eyes focused on Mary’s belly, she reaches out to touch it, even as her own heel is trampling the serpent’s head (Romans 16:20). It’s an achingly beautiful, succinct depiction of what we lost in Eden, and of God’s never-ceasing pursuit to return us to right relationship with Him.

God’s pursuit of relationship with us is there from the start, in the beginning of His Word. From Genesis 1 and 2, we discover how God formed the earth and everything in it, including man and woman, who He made in His image (Genesis 1:27). He gives Adam and Eve the radical opportunity to rule over the world with Him, cultivating its growth. And out of His relational love for them, He gives them a choice about how they will live and work in this world: will they choose to follow God’s way and His wisdom and instruction for life, or will they choose a different kind of wisdom, one that relies on self-sufficiency and autonomy, apart from Him?

God has already provided Adam and Eve with everything they need to carry out this task, instructing them on what is good for them and what is not (“the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” [vv.16–17]). Prior to the serpent’s persuasive lie (3:4–5), enticing them to their own brand of knowledge, humanity dwelled in perfect harmony with God and one another. But after choosing to eat from the forbidden tree, “the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked” (3:7). From this point forward, discontent and shame would be a part of the human condition, disobedience would drive a wedge between creation and Creator.

When God asked Adam and Eve where they were that day in Eden (3:9), He already knew, of course. It makes me think the question was certainly more for their sake than His—it had to be. He asks where we are, too, all the while knowing all the dark places we run to, the many ways we attempt to hide our hearts from Him. But He pursues us all the same, fully aware that while He will ultimately defeat the serpent, that same enemy still actively seeks to destroy us (John 10:10), to lure us away from the God who adores us.

I looked at that painting again today. We’ve had it for maybe a decade, but to this day, if I look at it too long, it never fails to wake me to the indifference of my own sin, to the lie of self-sufficiency—it wrecks me.

Honestly, that’s where I’m at today. What about you?

If God were to ask, “Where are you?”, what would you tell Him? Do you believe it’s safe to come out of hiding? Do you trust that our Creator knows what’s best for His own creation? The God of Genesis 1 and 2, is the same God here in chapter 3; He does not change (Hebrews 13:8). He is still in the business of covering our shame with His own righteousness—even when we disobey Him (Genesis 3:21; Romans 5:8,19). Wherever you are, He waits for you.

Kara Gause is a content editor for She Reads Truth, happily residing with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  1. Joanne Rakosi says:

    I would probably hide too. It’s good to have a healthy fear of God but I would come out with my head held high ready to own the fact that I messed up and ask him for forgiveness. That’s where I am today..

  2. Stori Ruhter says:

    I needed to hear this today. I have been hiding and could kind of tell, but this confirms it.

  3. Zoe Hillyer says:

    I love the thought that even though God knows what I’m trying to hide, He still pursues me❤️

  4. Amanda Salmon says:

    I think one thing I have struggled to realize over my life is that God knows everything. He knows my innermost thoughts, my actions, my shame, but I still struggle with confessing all that to Him. “Where are you?” A question that is more for our sake than God’s… Great food for thought today.

  5. Erin Maine says:

    I love that he asks the question and obviously knows the answer but he asks it to reveal their/ our hearts! What a much needed heart check this morning!

  6. Mikayla Horsburgh says:

    Whoever you are, He waits for you. Beautiful

  7. Whitney Morgan says:

    ❤️

  8. Hannah Maximin says:

    ❤️

  9. Chelsea Deleon says:

    ❤️❤️❤️

  10. Valerie De La Puente says:

    If anyone would like to study further into this part of the study, I highly recommend a YouTube video from Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills. It’s a recent upload titled “where arenyou.” Theres a 30 minute version and the full Sunday service 1 hour version of it up on his channel. Happy studying :)

  11. Anna says:

    Today when the the Lord asks where I am, He sees that I am struggling with discipline. Following this guide, as opposed to just reading on my own, is my attempt to instill the habit of being in my bible daily, no matter how I feel. The Word is the key to life and it is to my advantage to draw near to the Lord. While pain, suffering, and laziness are the result of our sin, the Lord offers us all the answers we need to live free from shame and hurt as much as possible.

    I used to read this chapter with contempt, that I would not do what Eve had done had I been in her situation, but the truth is, every single one of us falls into some version of temptation on a regular basis. If not disobedience, then something else. The devil makes sin “delightful to look at” and unable to resist without the power of God. For that reason, I praise the Lord today; He has paved a way for all of us, Eve and myself, to one day escape the temptations and guilt of sin. He has given us a helper, the Holy Spirit to let us resist.

  12. Jiana Carter says:

    This devotional hit a spot deep in me and almost brought me to tears. To know that no matter what dark place we’re in and no matter how far we try to run from him, he’s always asking and waiting for us to come back home. To know that the creator of all creations loves us so intensely and does not care about our downfalls is amazing.

  13. Brandi Salazar says:

    Wow this was an amazing devotional! To think of our savior asking where are you? He knows when we need him and where we are with him always!! ♥️

  14. Vickey Rachow says:

    Amen

  15. Alyssa Cruz-Fernandez says:

    It’s such a simple question “where are you?”, He knows exactly where we are in our walk with him. But it’s so hard for us to answer sometimes because it’s calling us to be truthful! It’s an ugly yet beautiful truth that I speak..”I’m here, but not where I should be. But I’m doing my best”.

    1. Ada Anderson says:

      Amen! I echo that response! Thankfully our Father understands this and already knows this because he Knows us! His Grace is amazing!

  16. Elizabeth Polley says:

    I haven’t thought before about how Adam and Eve traded trusting in God’s knowledge and power for “their own brand of knowledge.” Wow. What a powerful thought. How often do I trust my own brand of knowledge that that is far less than God’s!? When put that way, it makes me wonder why I would ever do that. He is unfathomable in wisdom and I am surely not! My family is in a spot where some changes are coming but we dont know what or when exactly. This helps me to know that I can rest in the Lord and trust and obey rather than scramble and make hasty decisions on my own. I’m thankful for this reading this morning.

  17. Carla Burke says:

    I believe the “HEEL” that Kara is referring to is NOT “HEAL”, but “H-E-E-L”! Please use GRAMMARLY!

  18. Ashley Pickens says:

    What are everyone’s thoughts on Gods plurality?

    22Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—””

    1. Ije Ekpenuma says:

      I believe this refers to the trinity of God- Lord God (the Father), the son (Jesus Christ) and the HolySpirit

  19. Kim says:

    This is the first study I have done with she reads truth. I’m really liking it. But I have to say the conversations that go on in the comments, well God is using them too.

  20. Susan Shepardson says:
  21. Becky says:

    Adam and Eve were God’s 1st human creation. Adam names Eve and says she is the mother of all of all living. Cain was their 1st born and Able their 2nd born and we know that the sinful nature was passed from Adam to all who lived after him so his descendants were born after the fall.
    Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden until they sinned and part of their punishment was to be sent out of the garden and an angelic guard placed at the entrance so they could never return. Then Cain & Able were born and Adam passed on the sinful nature to all their descendants. Next Cain killed Able.
    When Adam had lived 130 years his 3rd son, Seth, was born and Eve considered him a replacement from God for Able. So we know that in a span of 130 years all of these things took place. I think most of that time was lived outside of the garden. One day we will get to know the rest of the story with all of the details filled in. Now we have the important highlights – the progression of history.

  22. Bethana Rosa says:

    I have questions – so God told Adam and Eve to procreate and full the land before the original sin – has there been any research or references in the Bible that indicate there were other people? The Bible never states how long they were in the garden of Eden – it could have been millions of earth years! And if they were confined to the garden of eden then this could be the time where dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals exhorted? Any thought? Also – when God restores th e perfect earth – then isn’t there a possibility that we are able to procreate still? Since that was the original plan? Is there marriage in heaven?

    1. Ana Huerta says:

      Hi Bethana,
      the Bible specifically mentions that there’s no marriage in heaven. Matthew 22:30
      But I have similar questions like yours about if there where another humans created beside Adam and Eve in the beginning of creation.
      And if Adam and Eve had children before the fall?

      1. Samantha Wilson says:

        I know in genesis 1 god created man & women in his image. And then in gen 2 he breathed life into Adam and then Eve…I’m not exactly sure. But it makes me think there were others.

    2. Caroline Cordle says:

      We know it wasn’t millions of earth years because God also gives us a genealogy of the men in the Bible – from Adam onwards – and includes how long they lived. Adam did not live for millions of years.

    3. Caroline Cordle says:

      As for the dinosaurs, we weren’t there and we don’t know how they behaved. If you look at a panda skeleton you may think it’s a viscous carnivore – but it’s a gentle plant eater. What we do know is that God made everything – including dinosaurs. They were all created within those first 6 days and then lived on the earth with Adam and Eve. We simply need to trust the Word and accept we don’t know all the answers to some things. God is always trustworthy.

  23. Anastasia says:

    Right now I look at this through the lens of stuff and always wanting more of it. I go through phases and I think it’s time for a detox. There’s lots to save up for and I need to remind myself just how much I don’t really need all these things, just that they’re helpful. HE will provide me with everything I need.

  24. Valerie Payton says:

    I’m loving how this study is prepared and laid out!

  25. Lara V says:

    Google “Mary Comforts Eve” or “Mary Consoles Eve” to see the painting. I searched for it after reading this and am glad I did. It’s beautiful.

  26. Yolanda Harbon says:

    He covers OUR shame with HIS righteousness. I’ve heard this for years, and yet when I read it now, I’m seeing it in my heart truthfully for the first time! I have shame in me, there’s no doubt, and yet here is our father God cloaking me, and all of us, in His righteousness! Oh man oh man! Sorry, just gotta go and journal this now! ❤️

  27. Elaine Clark says:

    Interesting how I’ve never thought about Eve’s interpretation of Gods command to not eat of the fruit. Eves interpretation was ghat she couldn’t even touch it.

  28. Deja Gibson says:

    I realize how much we’re like Adam and Eve. We try to fix our problems when we mess up. Just like how they sewed fig leaves together when they realized they were naked. But even in our wrong doing God is still searching for us. He is with us always. My heart is no longer hiding from the Lord ( as if I could hide it from him anyway lol)

  29. Cynthia Ramain says:

    Yes, Kimberly… I have! Not particularly with these two examples, but with the 40 day/40 night floods with Noah. I understand the world at that time was riddled with debauchery, but I always imagine there to be a few good Christians and how God justified it. Then I realize he always has a plan and everything he does is FOR us, his children. And maybe those few were saved before their death in a way we will never know. I think it’s ok to question as we are human, and as long as it doesn’t separate or change our relationship with God. Hope that helps❤️

  30. Kimberly Zoss says:

    Does anyone else have a hard time understanding that our loving God gave us pain? Women have the pain of childbirth and men in their food?? When I think of Jesus, I can’t imagine him wishing pain and suffering on us. God is forgiving, but in his fury with Eve and Adam it doesn’t seem so forgiving by bestowing pain on them.

    1. Katelyn M says:

      For me, it always goes back to God allowing suffering in order to use it to bring us back to Him. It shows us that we need Him and helps us to rely on Him (not ourselves). He’s just, so there needs to be a price for sin, but He redeems it! It’s like how He drove them from the garden so that they wouldn’t gain eternal life, which could be seen as “mean’. He did that so that we wouldn’t be in this broken and sin filled world forever – so we would go home to Him. That’s love!

    2. Elizabeth Amrien says:

      Yes, I have heard the faith described as a journey from longing to wonder. Longing, whether for comfort, joy, truth, or just release, is what sets us on the journey toward wonder. Wonder is the experience of the shepherds at the foot of the manger, and it is our experience too when we comprehend what God has done for us.

      I don’t see the pronouncements in Genesis as punishments from God (as in, now I am going to do this) but as a statement of how reality unfolds in absence of grace. It is really a statement of how sin comes into the world and what life in sinful conditions looks like (it’s hard, it’s painful, it’s full of temptation, and struggle). Sin alters the very nature of reality … as well as our experience of it.

      1. Georgia Di says:

        Great point Elizabeth, I share this perspective, it feels like a statement from Him describing what their choice brings as a consequence to the absence of grace

  31. Meg Herndon says:

    “Wherever you are, He waits for you.” ❤️

  32. Sarah K says:

    I do often rely on my own self-sufficiency rather than trusting Him. A God, help me trust in You.

  33. Ashley Thomas says:

    Since my younger sister’s death of cancer in September, I’m not sure where I am. I am certainly attempting to hide from my own feelings of grief and despair on a daily basis. It’s much easier to distract myself with insignificant things, like cleaning or cooking or television. I live quite far away from my parents and other family members, so I don’t have to deal with being around them. It’s not to say that I don’t let my feelings out- I do, but probably not as much as I should. I mostly just exist now, instead of living, if that makes sense. I go through the motions.

    1. Jennifer Wing says:

      Ashley, praying Gods comfort and grace over you ❤️

    2. Jennifer Conway says:

      Also praying for Gods comfort and grace for you.

    3. Bethana Rosa says:

      ashley – just remember there is no time in heaven. Your sister will arrive in heaven and turn around to reach for your hand…. and you will grab it. This time on earth is super fast (thank God) and know she is no longer suffering – not just from cancer but from pain of this world! Depression, sadness, fear, shame, anger, illness- she is free from all of this in her PERFECT body. Take comfort and peace in these truths.

    4. Ericka Eller says:

      Ashley, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Just know that God LONGS comfort you. His desire from the beginning of time was to be in relationship with each of us. Step into His grace and His peace as you work through your grief. He will be your Shalom.

  34. Shelby says:

    I love how this resonates with me so well, the Lord knows where we are. He is with us every step. He sees us sin, but yet we are ashamed, overfilled with guilt. Personally, I know what its like to be there, I’m here now. But reading this I am reminded. God is waiting for us, hes calling out to us. He loves us no matter what. I love the last sentence, “Wherever you are, he waits for you”… As im sitting here with guilt and shame, our redeemer and savior is waiting for me to come to him. What a good reminder. Thanks for this!

    1. Suzie McRae says:

      I love that last sentence too! “Jesus, as you wait for us create in us the desire to turn back to you!”

  35. PamC says:

    Deborah Stein could I get some more info on the book you recommended please? I looked it up at Amazon & Barnes & Noble but could find no listing by title or author. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

    1. Lisa Emily says:

      I found it! It’s the sweet lie by sue Redman

  36. Danielle Wright says:

    Wow. It amazes me every time I read it. Immediately after Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He still cared for them and clothed them so they wouldn’t have to live in constant shame of themselves. We disobey Him constantly, but He loves us so much that He continues to seek us out. Blows my mind, but I’m so thankful.

  37. Rochelle Campbell says:

    God is so gracious covering our sin when he knows we’ll fail time and time again. Knowing that the end result is for Jesus to die for us. The ultimate sacrifice to reign over past sacrifices and all so we could have a genuine heart filled – willing relationship with him. Beautiful.

  38. Andrea Abi-Saab says:

    ❤️

  39. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love that God knew all the ways we would fall and yet he still created us. Let me be reawakened today the truth and beauty of his redemption. So often I take for granted the gift of grace and it looses it’s beauty. I pray I would see God’s grace fresh today.

    1. Yolanda Harbon says:

      Amen! So good!

    2. Karyn Nickels says:

      Amen!

  40. Megan Messer says:

    That’s some good stuff! Love it!!

  41. Ashley Ready says:

    These comments and discussion are always so thought provoking and God always uses them so powerfully in my days. I’m so thankful for this fresh look at the temptation and fall, to be reminded of where we fell from and how Christ has saved us so that we can be in relationship with our creator again. My heart aches for Eden amidst the backdrop of our current cultural and world moment. It is also so convicting to imagine God asking me “where are you?” today. I’m realizing that I’m being distracted in the weeds and tiniest details of caring for a small baby. I am being my own God and his god as well trying to control and care for every ailment and need, which is admirable and important but the truth is we are finite and someday my son will know that. I’ll never be able to meet his needs perfectly or relieve his every pain. I’m not sure if that even makes sense and that’s quite enough rambling for me but maybe someone else needs this today. New motherhood is not easy! But we have all things through Christ!

  42. Lea Ament says:

    Loving this study. Thank you

  43. Ashley White says:

    ❤️

  44. Christine says:

    Thank you for this study! I am really enjoying the wisdom from the word and all you ladies! Blessings to you all in this New Year!

  45. Danielle Merriweather says:

    When I hear the Words, “Where are you?” – it shows that God loves us sooooo much. He wants to have a relationship with us and that he cares about every single thing from the smallest to the biggest thing that goes on in our lives.

  46. Danielle Merriweather says:

    It always amazes me that after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, even though God was disappointed he didn’t yell at them or come after them all harshly. God simply sad where are you? He didn’t disown them, but simply laid out the consequences as a result of sin.

  47. Diana Fleenor says:

    I join with you sisters in confession of the struggle to be fully aware of my sin and to bring it to God more immediately than I tend to do. I often find my mind whirling in exhaustion because my physical limits have been used up. This can make me vulnerable to the lies of the enemy even more so. But God…he keeps reminding me the my weakness gives him an opportunity to display his grace and power. Yet, I can still find myself frustrated with myself when problems arise as I try to do the good deeds he calls me to do. Even to make intercessory prayer more of a habit in my daily life has brought me to this almost tearful place because I can’t seem to get organized about it. Yesterday and this morning, I was reminded to turn from my self-sufficient ways of “getting it together” and return again to the cross where my hope lies in victory over all the troubles i face. Christ promised we would have trouble, but his greater promise is that he has overcome the world. As I got on my knees yesterday and again this morning in renewed surrender, the Lord brought me the blessing of a time of intercessory prayer this morning that was evident of his power and not my own! Thanks be to God for his glory shines brightly when we learn to be humble before him!

  48. JoAnna McGaughey says:

    Even after Adam and Eve did wrong and God gave punishment, God helped them make clothing. He sees us and loves us even after the sin. A just and loving God we have.

    1. Danielle Merriweather says:

      Never thought about that – “he helped clothed them” – so good.

  49. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Amen

  50. Deborah Stein says:

    Grace, keeping you in prayer there is a book by Sue Keck ( the Sweet Lie) it’s on kindle it is a very good read. Very enlightening it helped me with my walk ✝️

  51. Bri says:

    Goodness! That’s a lot of change in a short span of time. It’s going to be okay. You’re learning a new place and a new person, but God will be there to give you comfort through the inevitable stumbles. The more prayer, the better, for sure. Wishing you lots of love and happiness during this period of growth!

  52. Allison Sherwood says:

    I am in a place of uneven ground, truly. My husband and I got married seven months ago and we both moved to a new city five months ago. Transition has been tough, but growing, and we are finally figuring out some of our normal rhythms. I’ve told my close friends (and God), but the more prayer the better, right?

  53. Lois Wilson says:

    “Where are you?” I think I will journal out that answer today and have an honest conversation today with my Creator. I know He knows, but do I?

  54. Mari V says:

    Also I want to thank all my beautiful sisters for praying on Saturday. It went well as it could be. I did not ask for details and I still don’t understand but it went well.

  55. Mari V says:

    Yes, I believe it’s safe to come out of hiding. I try not to hide because He sees and knows all. I trust Him even when I don’t understand why I have to go through rough seasons but ultimately He has a plan. And trust me my dear sisters His way (or plan) is the best way.

  56. Amber says:

    I loved this reading because Adam and Eve always seemed like these distant fairytale characters but here I can see them as myself. Adam and Eve KNEW eating from the tree was not what God intended for them, right up until the first bite they knew it was wrong, but they did it anyways. How often do we as humans do that? Immediate shame and hiding followed but God sought them out to show them grace and let them know “I still love you”

  57. Lisa Emily says:

    I can’t help but wonder: why can’t we find the garden with the cherubim guarding it to this day?

    1. Bethana Rosa says:

      Heaven and God have no time or dimensions. It’s uncomprehendable to our human minds. Just like God has no beginning and no end. Due to the fact that our human bodies now have a beginning and an end I believe God set earthly boundaries on all things so we can understand it better. I believe it’s there somewhere but what we know to be true of physical science – we will never find it…. until God wants us to.

  58. Carol says:

    Today’s reading was a reminder of just what God did, does, and will continue to do to spare us from eternal death and damnation. Thank you for sharing!

  59. Maura says:

    What great words this morning. I would love to see this painting. How amazing that our God lets us, while we still have our foot in sin, come before Him as Eve in the painting has her hand on Mary’s baby bump where Jesus was. It struck me again that God clothed Adam and Eve, he didn’t leave them naked in their sinful choice He still provided for them, just as He does not withold His love from us, but calls us to reconciliation, to grace and forgiveness no matter where we find ourselves. He will redeem us with incredible Love. Joy to your day sisters. Our Redeemer lives.

    1. Jennifer Norwood says:

      If you search for “Mary Comforts Eve” you should be able to find it. It was painted by a nun, Sister Grace Remington.

  60. Becky Austin says:

    Genesis 2 is a beautiful picture of grace: He came looking for them, He provided a covering for them and He protected them from living forever in a state of death by banishing them from the garden.

    Praise God … He still does this for me! A good way to focus my eyes this morning

  61. Natalie White says:

    The question “where are you?” Is a clarifying representation of the nature of God. He wants connection and intimacy in his relationships with us. The question shows grace and offers grace and leads Adam to the humility. A beautiful exchange between man and God and a beautiful representation of His nature. He always pursued us but deeply desires for us to pursue Him back even in the darkness His hand is outstretched.

  62. Karen Hunter says:

    This drawing came across my FB feed early in December. I had never considered the connection between Eve & Mary. What a beautiful reminder that God had a plan from the beginning to find me where and when I hide. He is here.

    https://illustratedprayer.com/2017/12/05/mary-comforts-eve/

  63. Erin Conley Barth says:

    The “where are you?” question always gets me because I get it so backwards sometimes. In my distress, I often cry out “God, do you see me? Can you feel my heart?”, instead of realizing that he calls out to me first. I love the concept of the mentioned painting of Eve and Mary.

    1. Ryan Caraway says:

      What a game changer with your thoughts – thank you!!!

    2. Hillary H says:

      Amen!

  64. Joanna Wee says:

    I remember in Gen 1:31, God saw that his creation on the 6th day was very good ; that was human, made in His image. Despite the temptations and the fall, God still redeemed us through Jesus, the one who knew no sins to be sin for us. This truth alone made me realise how often the worldly lures can turn us away from His word and ways unknowingly. I’m coming back to the heart of worship, to choose to love Jesus again and again.

  65. Grace Dawson Beatty says:

    Heavenly Father, my heart is pained. I read the signs but I still can’t tell if it was the enemy or you trying to protect me. Why do I feel like the enemy destroyed what I thought would be beautiful? I prayed. I tried to change my ways, but I almost feel like it wasn’t good enough to fix. Help me let go of this guilt. Help me trust in you, God. Help me trust that all things will work together for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose. I love you, Lord God. Hallelujah. Amen. Grace

    1. Deborah Stein says:

      DearFather God, who created all things. Give us wisdom to lay all things in your hands. To trust fully in you. It is nothing we can do it is all you! I can change nothing my attitude,my habits, I lay all things at the base of the cross may you Father God change my heart and my will Amen in your holy name I ask. There is a Book by Sue Keck (The Sweet Lie) it is a good read and addresses the same thing Grace is facing in her life and helped me in my walk with God. It’s in kindle if you have time it is really reading. Will keep you in prayer

  66. Sarah Marshall says:

    Soooooo much goodness packed into the readings today! I still need to process it all—-but I am thankful that Jesus took on my sin and He holds it against me no longer. I am grateful that while I’m a sinner, I also have another name. Heir of God. Co-heir of Christ. ❤️

  67. Tracie Nall says:

    I remember hearing “when you feel far from God, He isn’t the one who moved” so when I think of the question God asks (omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient) knowing the answer it causes the breath to catch in my chest. It is me who strays, me who is prone to wander yet always under the watchful eye of my Heavenly Father! It is me who thinks the shadows of darkness will hide me from His presence, it is me who steps in a different direction off the path of righteousness!
    I am so thankful that there is nowhere I can hide from His presence! I am thankful that while I may wander, hide or stray He is always present and like the Father of the prodigal son, watching and awaiting my return with open arms and celebration of my return!

    1. Bethana Rosa says:

      Love this!

  68. Doris says:

    I’m thinking on the consequences of that one choice. I told my daughters when they went off to college that they would have choices to make. But whatever choice they made to always think of the consequences that would follow . We are faced with choices everyday. Choices that brings on consequences that only God can remedy when they are outside of His purpose and will for our lives. Thanking God for His grace.

  69. Heidi says:

    When I get really thoughtful about it, it becomes much clearer to me that rarely do I try to hide my sin/darkness from God.. no, I hide it from myself MUCH more. Because if i can convince ME nothing is off, then I don’t even have to try to hide anything from my Maker. Because – why? Clearly I’m perfect… ;) (PLEASE note the sarcasm here). I need to work more intentionally at allowing myself the grace to look dead-on at the sin I participate in- be it snapping too quickly at my husband or children in the heat of the moment, spending too much money on something i don’t need, or wasting time binge watching instead of attending to higher priority tasks- and then not just see it but make actual steps to change it. He wants SUCH GOOD for me and I self-sabotage with accepting lesser-good in exchange. I want that to be different…

    1. Nancy Singleton says:

      Mind if I apply your words to myself? They certainly fit. Oh Father, help me to be honest with myself so I can be honest with you!

    2. Traci Gendron says:

      Heidi I need to apply this to myself as well. Your words spoke volumes. I too hide my sin & downfalls from myself.

  70. Chelsea Mitchell says:

    Journal writing for today….Where are you?…Great question…But do I truly know the answer

  71. Lynn Ondrovic says:

    Romans 16: 20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

  72. Churchmouse says:

    Romans speaks of “the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness.” Because of my acknowledgement of Who Jesus is and what He has done, I live in grace and righteousness rather than guilt and shame. What a relief! I am not clothed in fig leaves. I wear royal robes. I am set free and made new. I am able to discern the truth of God over the “persuasive lies” of Satan (yes Kara, they can be so very persuasive). Rather than wringing my hands over sin, I rejoice over my freedom in Christ. He is the change agent in my life and over my life. Oh what a Savior!

    1. Mary Pitner says:

      And what a plan the Almighty laid out for us!

  73. Angie says:

    Kristen…amen and amen – I pray that prayer with you.

    Anne Graham Bell has a picture book titled, One Wintry Night. It is beautiful both in word and illustrations. I enjoy so much about the book but, perhaps my favorite page, is when Adam and Eve are being driven from the garden. The cherub with the flaming sword at the entrance, the brillance of heaven, and the dark stormy terror of life without God’s presence as Adam and Eve exit Eden wearing their sacrificial furs.

    Thank you Jesus for grace multiplied resulting in eternal life – ALL and ONLY because of You.

  74. Kristen says:

    I am picturing that painting. What a beautiful picture of rescue! I’ve reread your words above: It’s an achingly beautiful, succinct depiction of what we lost in Eden, and of God’s never-ceasing pursuit to return us to right relationship with Him! May that truth and love of God sink in my heart. I want to be wrecked too! I want to be humble. I can’t do anything on my own, and don’t want to forget that. Pride can come in in the midst of the day. No! I would not even breathe if He didn’t allow it. May I walk in the truth of His Word each moment, and may He get rid of all in me that displeases Him. I want to be different and obedient, but I can only do this with His help. Please God put a watch on my mouth and my mind. Help me to draw others to You and not away. Forgive me for my pride, selfishness, and weaknesses, and all of my other sins. Please help me to know You and be changed. Amen

    1. Nancy Singleton says:

      And AMEN! Borrowing your prayer this morning.

    2. Traci Gendron says:

      Beautifully said ❤️ I too shall borrow. Thank you!

    3. Traci Gendron says:

      Beautifully said ❤️. I too shall borrow. Thank you!

    4. Jackie Mars says:

      That is so wonderfully said! I love this prayer.

  75. Kaitlyn says:

    I think this is the Eve and Mary painting the post is referring to: https://www.monasterycandy.com/Product_List?c=33

  76. Bessie says:

    Thank you Kara for picking out the “where are you”. It’s definitely more for us than for him, and I feel that God is asking me where I am as I attempt to find comfort in other things when I know what I need is to meet with him as much as I can right now, pray, seek his word and let him speak into my heart.

  77. Tina says:

    Amen to that Ellie. Amen!❤

  78. Elle says:

    I am so grateful that God is a God of restoration! Thank you Kara for this beautiful and profound reminder that while it’s true we have a real enemy, we also have real, true, and risen Savior! Praise be to God that He never leaves us in a condemned state, but reminds us that we are His and that means that His mercies are new EVERY morning! Great is Thy faithfulness!