Welcome! I’m so glad you’re joining us for this fourteen-week Bible study based on Girls’ Love Letters from God. If you have time, you may wish to keep a journal to record your responses to the questions. Please DO leave comments, responses or questions on this post so that we can learn from and encourage one another.
Eve: The First Girl
Read: Genesis 2:15 – 3:13
God clapped his hands in delight as Eve opened her eyes for the very first time. She was wonderful! After six days of creating the world- painting the skies, stirring the seas, and filling the earth with life- here was God’s masterpiece, his glorious finishing touch to the world. Here was Eve, made by God’s own hand. And she was good.
These are the opening words in Love letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart. I chose them for a reason. These words set the stage for one of the most important truths that we, as women, could ever know.
You are good.
Hear those words again.
You are good.
God made you. And everything God made is good.
So how are you feeling today? If you’re anything like me, you don’t truly believe those words. Because we Christians are supposed to be humble, and on top of that, life has a way of wrestling us to the ground, and whispering lies, like:
I’m not a good enough Christian.
I shouldn’t have said that.
Why am I thinking those things?
I just failed as a parent.
I need to do better.
I’m not a good enough wife.
God sees you. God knows you. God made you, just like God made Eve.
You, you are good.
I feel sorry for Eve. There she was, in the most perfect paradise ever. You might say she had it all. And then she makes one mistake, and somehow, everything falls apart. She can never go back to the way things were. The gates to Eden are barred.
Can’t you just hear her repeating the same words we do when we wish we could turn back time?
But all was not lost. Even though Eve had to leave that paradise behind, God would never, ever leave her. There, at the gates, we find God waiting for her, waiting to do what God is so very good at:
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Genesis 3:21
God steps in to clothe Eve in so much more than animal skins. God wraps her up in warmth and protection and love and hope and forgiveness. God bends down to cover all her nakedness, all her shame and all her vulnerability in amazing, everlasting grace.
What God does for Eve, Jesus does for us. And it’s all because we’re good. I know you find it hard to believe, but it’s true.
Eve would need to cling hard to all that love and grace when she left Eden. She would have to hug it tight around her shoulders in the dark days ahead when one of her sons murdered the other. As a mother of four sons, I cannot imagine how that must have felt, but I’m sure Eve blamed herself, since we women are so good at doing that.
But once again, we see God coming to her side, removing her shame, restoring her hope, cheering her on into the future…
She had a son whom she named Seth. She said, “God has given me another child in place of Abel whom Cain killed.” And then Seth had a son whom he named Enosh. That’s when men and women began praying and worshiping in the name of God. Genesis 4:26
Did you get that? That’s when men and women began praying and worshiping in the name of God. Through Eve, the woman who is usually remembered for her mistake, humanity’s broken relationship with God would be restored.
She would never see it happen, but hundreds of years after Eve left this earth, Noah, the only righteous man of his generation, would be descended from her.
Eve’s life was filled with heartache, as ours can be. But thank God for grace.
Thank God that even when we make mistakes, even when our family falls apart, even when our dreams seem shattered, our God, your God is Restorer, Encourager, Renewer, Hope-Giver.
Friends, I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know what heartache may lie ahead. I don’t know what sorrows you’ve endured already.
But God knows. And God is bending down, right now, to cover you.
Hold on to this.. that through it all, when you feel at your lowest, when you feel like a failure, God sees you.
God is working through you to accomplish things you may never know about.
God made you.
And most of all,
you. You are good.
God of grace, and love, and forgiveness, thank you for making me good. Thank you that you know me. You see me. You cheer me on. Help me to hold on to you when life is hard. And when I don’t feel good enough, help me hear you whisper, ‘I made you. You ARE good.’ Amen
Please share your response to one of these questions in the comments.
Questions for Reflection
- What, about Eve’s story, encourages you most?
- How does it make you feel to know that God made you good?
- In what situations has God restored something to you after a loss?
- What is God revealing to you through Eve’s story?
- If you wish to spend more time on Eve’s story, slowly read Genesis 2-4. Put yourself in Eve’s position at each stage of her life and try to imagine her feelings. With which stage do you identify the most?