God provides even when we are undeserving
Posted on September 8th, 2012

Gen 3:21 MSG "God made leather clothing for Adam and his wife and dressed them"

After Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to cover themselves with leaves. As I am sure you can imagine, this could not have worked well. A tree leaf is not very durable, even when freshly picked. After a few hours, it starts to crumble and fall apart. That is kind of like the solutions we turn to in our own strength.

Too often, after sinning, we turn to our best machinations to restore dignity to our lives. These are shoddy imitations of life at best. We are truly pitiful when we try to mend the things we have broken.

But we don't have to be left there. God wants to provide for us. God wants his children to have their needs taken care of. Even without Adam and Eve asking for God's intervention, God knew their shame and provided a way for them to live in dignity.

Please note that this provision did not circumvent the consequences of their actions. Adam and Eve still had to leave the garden. They still entered into the death process. The hurt of others was still there (leather only comes from animal skins= something died!). All of the above is still true. You reap what you sow. But that is not the only truth. It is also equally true the God loves us and wants to provide for us. It is not either/or. It is both/and!

Keep this in mind when you are going through trials or even consequences. This time in life may be hard. You may feel like there is no relief. You may even be manufacturing your own solutions. Just remember, no matter what has happened, God still loves you and wants to provide. Only turn to Him and accept His provision.

-Damon


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