The story of Eve begins in Genesis 1:26 when man is created. God says “Let us make man in our image” and creates Adam. Of course Adam is perfect, because everything God creates is good and perfect, but Adam needed a supporter. God saw that Adam was not good alone and that none of His other amazing creations could meet the needs Adam needed fulfilled, so God created Eve.
Some may argue that Eve was the worst thing that could happen to Adam, because she opened up a life of sin and death. The truth is though, Adam needed Eve more after the fall than he did before the fall. Think about it – before the fall Adam and Eve lived a life full of pure innocence. In fact, they were so innocent in their thoughts and actions that they didn’t even realize they had been running around the Garden naked. After the fall we see a story full of pain, agony, and loss.
Eve literally had everything she could have ever wanted – she lived in paradise. She had the perfect relationships, perfect surroundings, and perfect provisions, yet it wasn’t enough. She became focused on the ONE thing she couldn’t have: the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She became so intrigued by the forbidden fruit that she allowed it to become the very thing that would bring her to step outside the will of God.
You see, the fall didn’t just happen. It was brought on by disobedience stirred up from temptation. A temptation that led Eve down a path of lies and deception and ended in sin and death for not only herself, but the the rest of mankind for generations to come.
Eve took her eyes off of God and everything He had provided her with for one bite from an apple. How many times do we find ourselves in the Garden with everything we could ever dream of, yet still yearning for something more? Reaching for that one thing we don’t have while pushing the abundance of blessings within what God has already provided for us to the side.
The phrase “my life is great, but it would be better if” always comes to my mind when I think of Eve and her fall to temptation. I cannot even begin to count how many times I have uttered these words to myself and I am sure this statement is true for all of you.
The good news is, we can overcome temptation and learn to be satisfied with the blessings God gives us each day. Life isn’t easy, but even through trials and tribulations God is faithful. His Word tell us “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Corinthians 10:13. So how do we work to overcome temptation? “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 gives us the perfect answer. We give our life to Christ and walk by the Holy Spirit, keeping guard of our heart, mind, and soul. Believing God is who He said He is and His faithfulness will never end.
Eve’s story continues in Genesis 2 – where she officially becomes the first wife. In Eve: The First Wife we will take a deeper look into what it meant to be the wife of “Adam” and talk about what Eve’s daily life would have looked like.