So often we only get when we do things right. This is often true for things that we need and the littlest thing can keep us from getting them. You want to open up that checking account? You didn’t fill out the paperwork right. Here’s another sheet. Go back and do it again. You want that driver’s license because you need to take your grandma to her radiation treatment? Great, make sure you pass the parallel parking even though you won’t use it. Oh, sorry, you failed. You can try again in a week.
We’ve come to accept this is part of life. It is growing increasingly rare when folks are willing to work things out for what is needed, giving of their own time to provide an experience outside of the examples I just gave. This has become such a novel concept that they are now writing books about it and how acting in this manner sets you apart from your competition. Sad, isn’t it? This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. How do I know? I know because God doesn’t work this way. God is so often looking at our needs and providing, even when we make a mess of things. Case in point, we know what happened with Adam and Eve. They sinned. Then they tried to dodge God. When that didn’t work, they tried to dodge the accusation. And when that didn’t work, they resorted to finger pointing. But that didn’t prevent God from taking care of both their short and long term needs. The short term:
And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. – Genesis 3:21, ESV
They were leaving the safety of the Garden (ejected for their sin) and were no longer innocent. The clothing was necessary, just as we often find it is today (unless you’re between the ages of 1 and 3 and your parents have company over, at which point it is most definitely not necessary). Short term need covered, He also made sure the long term need, dealing with sin, was covered, too:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
– Genesis 3:15, ESV
This was a promise of a son from woman who would conquer the serpent. We know the fulfillment of this promise as Jesus Christ, who went to the Cross with our sins upon His shoulders. God covered the long term, too. And He did it in spite of their sin, in complete contrast to how they behaved. In other words, He came through even though they were wrong. He does the same for us today. He might not do it the way we’d like or in a way we initially comprehend as being for us. However, God delivers what we need, even when we’re in the midst of our sin and doing anything but walking with Him. See, God’s mercy isn’t dependent upon us and our actions. It is solely dependent upon God’s character. That’s what Adam and Even should have learned and that’s what we should take to heart, too. He will provide because of who He is. Praise God! Though we are undeserving, He delivers! Let us do so, too, adopting an attitude of love and mercy towards those around us.