Day 2

The Temptation and the Fall

from the Genesis reading plan


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

BY Guest Writer

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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101 thoughts on "The Temptation and the Fall"

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!! ♥️

  4. Vickey Rachow says:

    Amen

  5. 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!

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