Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. (Genesis 3:2)
It’s remarkable to me that Adam decided to name his wife, “Eve.” After all, one of the biggest let-downs of human history had just occurred. God created this masterful new world, and the new man and his wife were given one rule: don’t eat from the tree.
One rule. And they still couldn’t live by it.
When they ate from the tree, they came to this stunning realization that they were naked. Shame, which is the result of sin, set in, and they hid from God. Perhaps the most remarkable part of the story is how God responded to their disobedience. He didn’t cast the first couple aside and say, “You’re on your own.” To the contrary, he protected them by putting them outside of the Garden of Eden lest they eat from the Tree of Life and forever be stuck in a perpetual state of sinfulness. God’s act of grace was so enormous that Adam gave his wife the name “Eve,” which means living.
Adam and Eve had a new hope – a fresh start. God clothed them and showed kindness to them in spite of their bad choice. The truth is, God does the same for us.
Where we came from in the past is not nearly as important where we are today and where we’re headed in the future.
God hasn’t given up on you just as he didn’t give up on Adam and Eve. He has a plan for your life that is full of hope.
Lord, thank you for being a God of fresh starts. Thank you for the example you set with Adam and Eve – that you do not abandon us when we fail. Give us the tenacity to cling to you even when we make mistakes. Guide us as we seek to live our lives in a way that pleases you.