My son is a big fan of Febreze. You know the stuff? It makes almost anything smell like garden-fresh spring. Even his bedroom–most days. If I’m ever missing a can of Febreze I know it’s up in his room right next to the little hand vac that he’s claimed as his own.
But here’s the problem: while he likes to spray away odors, he’s not all that interested in finding and removing the source. I love my son, but some days I think he’s a goof. The other day I found four baskets of dirty laundry in his closet that he’s been stocking up over time, not to mention a few soup bowls I discovered under his bed.
As I got to helping him clean, I was reminded of Adam and Eve and their attempt to hide the stench of their sin. They didn’t have air fresheners, but they did have fig leaves.
The Bible tells us,
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3:7, KJV)
We see the grace of God in verse 21 of that chapter where it says, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
There we see a parallel to the righteousness of Christ. Sin will leave us naked and exposed, but the garment of salvation comes by grace. God doesn’t merely cover up the stench of our sin, He goes to the source of our unrighteousness where He adorns us with the righteousness of Christ.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Genesis Chapter 3 where we find the story of Adam and Eve and their attempt to hide their sin.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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