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Monday, April 23, 2018

How many times have I screwed up and I think that it's the end?  I think that God will be done with me, and I'm going to have to go out into the world without him?  I am worried that I have fallen out of his grace.  Today I was reading Genesis 3.  I’ve read it a million times.  The Fall of Man we all know the story.  The snake convinces Eve to try the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge,  then she convinces Adam.  When God comes to find them they are shameful and Adam blames Eve.  Eve blames the snake.  God is upset and curses the snake, Eve, and Adam.  I know you know this!  The part that caught me off guard that I have overlooked for so long is verse 21, “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
Did you catch that?  After all they had done wrong, after the curse and the shame- God still provided for them.  He still took care of them.  How completely amazing is that?
It reminds me of a friend I had that had got arrested.  She was so ashamed and embarrassed because she knew that she had messed up.  She had no one to turn to that could help, so she picked up the phone and called her parents.  Her parents yelled at her, they reminded her how she knew better, they even threatened to leave her there.  Ultimately though her parents paid her bail and helped her get back on the right path.
Isn’t it amazing that God does this for us!  We fail him time and time again.  Yet, God always makes sure we have what we need to get back on the right track.  He’s not going to leave us or forsake us, even when we forsake him.  God loves us enough to help steer us back to him and set our paths straight.  Today,I'm thankful God loves me even when I screw it all us.   

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