We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Sorrowful Curse

Seventeen years ago I would have been classified as an angry parent and spouse. But when I gave God back His job, grace began to heal my broken home. Though I had been saved by grace, I had begun to live my life once again under the influence of the curse. Now some of you are wondering what I mean by living under the curse. Well, in the book of Genesis, the curse came as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin.

Three things happened when God placed this curse upon mankind:

1. The serpent would now crawl on its belly, eating dust all the days of its life.

2. In sorrow the woman would bring forth children. The text also seems to suggest that the woman’s natural desire would now be against her husband.

3. In sorrow the man would bring forth the fruit of the ground. The text also seems to suggest that the man’s natural tendency would be to lead his wife in an unloving way.

In Hebrew the word sorrow carries the idea of intensive labor, like that of woman who is ready to give birth. It will be hard work to bring children into this world, and hard work will be required to raise them. In his work Adam will experience sorrow–with intensive labor he will make a living, amidst weeds and thorns.

It is noteworthy that the curse was given by God to purposely frustrate mankind in order to help us. We were never intended to live life apart from God’s help. For unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain! We often try to control our family and secure our future through our own self-effort. But self-effort often leads to frustration, which is evidence of living under the influence of the curse rather than grace. It is time to relinquish our control and turn to God. His strength is made perfect in our weakness; His grace really is sufficient for us.

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