Have you ever thought about the first kid who ever lived? His name was Cain and he was, of course, born to the first people who ever lived, Adam and Eve.
What was life like for him? We don’t really know much about his or his younger brother Abel’s life when they were kids. The first we read of them in Scripture is in Genesis 4.
“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ’I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.’ And again, she bore his brother Abel.” –
Genesis 4:1-2a (ESV)
And then, suddenly, they were grown-ups, tending sheep and growing crops.
There was obviously some sibling rivalry since we know what happened when the Lord accepted Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s.
“Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.”
– Genesis 4:8 (ESV)
Since Cain resorted to murder this obviously wasn’t the first hint of jealousy he had for his brother. More likely it was a bitterness that grew in his heart for many years before. How could someone come to hate his own brother that much? Where were his parents during all of this animosity?
And that brings me to Eve, the first mother there ever was. The mother of everybody. (And we moms think we have a lot of responsibility!)
These days, we have our mothers and grandmothers as examples, good or bad. We can look to friends and other family members and listen to their advice. There is no shortage of resources in print and online for us to use to help us in this journey called motherhood.
Eve had nobody. She wasn’t just a new mother, she was THE new mother. Talk about pressure! Suddenly there were these little people whom she and Adam were completely responsible for and there were no mothers before her or James Dobson books to guide her. No mommy blogs or Facebook group boards for moms to ask questions.
She was it.
And in the end, she lost one of her sons at the hands of her other son. Then she essentially lost that other son when he was sent away by God to live in another land. I wonder if she doubted her abilities as a mother or questioned where she went wrong, as we are so apt to do when our children make bad decisions.
The Bible doesn’t talk much about the reaction of Adam and Eve when disaster struck their family. But it does tell us about the redemption God gave to her later.
“And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, ‘God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.’ To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” –
Genesis 4:25-26 (ESV)
God took the pain that Eve must have felt after the death of one son and banishment of the other and redeemed it with the birth of a third son, Seth. And not only that but through Seth’s family line, the Bible tells us, “At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” (Genesis 4:26b)
God turned Eve’s mourning into joy. Of course, Seth could not replace Abel for her, but God was gracious to give her another son to help her deal with her grief and she was able to see that son and his family honor God. Adam and Eve were 130 years old when Seth was born (Genesis 5:3)! I’m sure they never expected the blessing of another son. But God gave them that blessing.God turned Eve's mourning into joy. Click To Tweet
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we had planned or hoped. Sometimes our children do stray. Or maybe there are other difficult issues that we face that test our faith and leave us grieving.
I love this verse from Joel and I’ve referred to it in my own life:
“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” –
Joel 2:25 ESV
Friends, He does that for us. Those times of waiting and wondering, of mourning and famine, are restored to us in ways we can’t even imagine. He gave Eve “beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:3) and He will do the same for you.
Cain was certainly not the perfect kid, nor was Eve the perfect mother. They made mistakes and sinned just like we do. But their story is one of grace and redemption. His story for you doesn’t end in sorrow either. Trust Him and let Him finish writing that story for you.