A Perfect Ending
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
She had a husband who loved her as purely and completely as a man could. She communed with God every day. She enjoyed perfect health; her beauty was unequaled.
Even a fairy-tale princess would envy Eve’s life. It appeals to me—no laundry, no dirty bathrooms, no cooking. Yet a voice whispered in Eve’s soul, “There must be more.”
We don’t know how long the voice haunted her. But when it took the shape of a serpent, the voice became visible and irresistible.
For every woman who has berated herself for being foolish or naïve, Eve is a comfort. After all, she had everything. She then risked it and lost it because she believed that wily serpent, Satan, who suggested she could have more.
Satan convinced Eve that God was holding out on her. The promise of knowledge enticed her—the ability to figure it all out and control her world. She became the first rationalist—the first human to believe knowledge produces happiness, success, and fulfillment.
Genesis 3:6 reveals Eve’s logical but erroneous thought process: the fruit was good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom—three tantalizing outcomes. Genesis 3 also lists the consequences of her sin: shame (v. 7), blame (v. 13), and pain (v. 16).
Satan promised Eve something good, but she received only evil. That’s still his M.O. He’ll tempt us with many good gifts: love, security, knowledge, significance. But he can’t deliver them because they aren’t his gifts to give. James 1:17 reminds us that “every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”
We all can identify with Eve. We’ve traveled the “seemed like a good idea at the time” highway. We’ve made the left turn onto the “what could be wrong with that” exit ramp.
Fortunately, God came looking for Eve. He covered her nakedness. He gave her a second chance. He does the same for us because “his compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22).
Eve was perfectly made by her creator; she was also perfectly forgiven by her redeemer. That’s the perfect ending to her story. And ours. Are you living as a perfectly forgiven child of God?
Read Isaiah 14:12–15. Many scholars agree that this passage refers to Satan’s fall from heaven (cf. Luke 10:18). What did Satan want? In what way do his desires mirror what he offered Eve?
Read 2 Corinthians 11:3–4. What does Paul identify as Eve’s mistake? How are we also susceptible to this mistake?
Read Psalm 103:8–18. What truths about God and forgiveness does the psalmist celebrate? What encouragement does this passage provide for us?
Denise K. Loock
This devotion is part of a new series, Women of the Bible.