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Reclaiming Lost Blessings


April 24, 2024

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.

 - Genesis 2:15-17 


In Genesis 27:38, we witness the heart-wrenching scene of Esau weeping bitterly after losing his father's blessing to his brother Jacob. This moment of loss reminds us that there are losses, and then there are losses that cut deep into the soul, leaving us broken and bereft. 

Esau's cry echoes the pain of those who have experienced devastating loss – loss of opportunity, loss of relationship, loss of identity. When he realized that the blessing he coveted was irretrievably gone, his heart overflowed with grief and anguish. 


But Esau's story is not unique. Throughout the Bible, we encounter individuals who grapple with the agony of loss. David and his mighty men wept bitterly when their families were taken captive (1 Samuel 30:4). Their tears reflected the depth of their sorrow and the overwhelming sense of helplessness in the face of loss. 


Yet, even amidst our deepest losses, there is hope. For every tear shed, there is a promise of restoration. Just as God restored what was lost to David and his men, He stands ready to restore what has been taken from us. 


But the greatest loss of all occurred in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost far more than paradise – they lost authority, advantage, and access to the presence of God. 


Authority, once bestowed upon humanity by God in Genesis 1:28, was relinquished through disobedience. Instead of reigning as stewards of creation, mankind became slaves to sin and its consequences when Adam obeyed instructions from the serpent he was created to dominate (Genesis 3:4-6). 


Advantage, the divine favor and blessing that adorned humanity, was replaced by hardship and toil. What was once attained effortlessly now required sweat and labor (Genesis 3:16-19). 

Access, the privilege of communing with God in the cool of the day, was severed. Man was banished from the presence of God, condemned to wander in a world devoid of divine fellowship (Genesis 3:23-24). 


But the story does not end there. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God offers us the opportunity to reclaim what was lost in Eden. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus restores our authority as sons and daughters of God, our advantage as recipients of His grace, and our access to His presence through the Holy Spirit. 


Today, if you find yourself mourning the losses in your life, take heart. God is in the business of restoration. He is ready to turn your mourning into dancing, your weeping into joy (Psalm 30:11). 


Song of Worship  

 He's turned my mourning into dancing again 

He's lifted my sorrows 

And I can't stay silent 

I must sing for His joy has come 

Prayer -  Heavenly Father, we come before You with hearts heavy with the weight of loss and in any way, we have lost authority. We thank You that You are a God of restoration, and You can turn our mourning into joy. Help us to trust in Your promise of restoration and to cling to Your unfailing love. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

 

 

Bible in 1 year: 2 Samuel 23-24; Luke 19

 

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