This is not to open a debate on the general low esteem regarded women, culturally speaking – but to ask this: is our Abba, Father, any different, in His desire to protect us? We’re not only His kids, joint-heirs with Jesus and part of “many brethren” of which He is the Firstborn (Romans 8:29) – we also comprise the Bride of Christ. Are we allowing Him to protect our hearts? Or are we allowing our affections to travel on many paths that lead in many directions, and we return from our journeys with bitterness, anger, confusion, resentment, a heart so filled and scarred from our experiences that there is very little room for Him? We strain to hear His voice, His leading….and we are answered by voices we know are not His.
Turn back the clock – God has dealt with this since He created us for fellowship. With the voice of God still ringing in her ears, Eve heard another voice – and responded to it.
In Deuteronomy, God knew that “other voices” were speaking into the lives of His people and He warned them, “Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them…” (Deut. 11:16) Joshua admonishes the people, “put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the Lord…” (Josh. 24:23) Jesus warned, “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life…” (Luke 21:34) Paul encouraged the Ephesians that they “should be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Eph. 3:16,17)
Renee explained, “There’s so much we can have inside our hearts and not even know it. We should ask, ‘Lord, reveal and show to me what would keep me from doing what You called me to do.‘
He has not given up on you – don’t be discouraged and give up on Him.