Genesis 3:6

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

Most people read this verse and think, “Eve ate it first! It’s her fault we are all doomed to sin. Women were the first to sin, not men!” Honestly this was my joking response when I would read this verse, but I think I had it all backwards. I think a lot of people do.

Ephesians 5:22-24 touches on a correlating subject, “22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.”

Read this as you may, but God is calling men to lead their wives. This means guiding them as Christ guides us. Have you ever thought about this verse in context with Eve being the first to sin. Adam was there in the garden right next to her. He knew the tree was bad news and he still let her eat it! He could have stopped her. He failed and eventually fell into sin himself.

We are not called to do this alone. We are able to lead because we are being led by Jesus. Women this doesn’t mean you can’t lead, but a man should undoubtedly lead his wife and kids with Jesus right in the center of it all. Lets quit watching others stumble and start helping others stand tall.

Am I a leader through my actions?

How can I better lead my spouse?

Dear Lord, thank you for this reminder to lead and not let others stumble. It’s not only husbands and wives this applies to, but friends and family as well. Let us reflect on your word deeper as we continue on with our day. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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