Though it has been years, I can still vividly recall moments when my children were young and in need of direction. Yet no matter what form of discipline was handed out they didn’t like it but then who does? When it was all over, I loved picking them up, holding them tight, and wiping their tears. I wanted them to know I still loved them and had, in fact, chosen to discipline them because I loved them.
When Adam and Eve chose to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they sinned and God, being the just God he is, punished them. He meted out measures for the serpent, the woman, and the man. Then God did something amazing and totally in line with his character- he showed Adam and Eve grace. How one might ask when the next step was to throw them out of the Garden of Eden? Check out Genesis 3: 21
“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
I know the Sunday School pictures and children’s Bibles usually show Adam and Eve covered in leaves which was exactly what they made for themselves first. However, God out of love and in a show grace and mercy provided a better garment of covering- one that was durable, soft, and warm.
As I think about us today, I think of several ways we try to cover ourselves to hide our imperfections and mistakes. We try the coverings of success, material possessions, beauty, money, even good works and self-righteousness. Yet God out of love, grace, and mercy, sent his Son to provide for us a lasting covering. I’m so thankful to be covered by the blood of Jesus!
My heart overflows with gratitude for a God who went to such extreme measures to provide a covering and a way for me! God, I know I’m frail and I falter too often so thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for disciplining me when I need it, even though I don’t like it. And thank you for never removing your covering from me!