Unashamed - The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids
One Year Reading Plan: Genesis 3:1–4:26, Matthew 2:13–3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9
She took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. Genesis 3:6-7
WHEN GOD’S FIRST CHILDREN, Adam and Eve, rebelled against him by eating what they were told was forbidden, they went from being naked and feeling no shame to being keenly aware of their nakedness and full of shame. They went from intimate relationship with God to alienation from God. They went from living in a world of blessing to living in a world under a curse.
It could have been the end of the story; instead, it was the beginning of a new story of grace. There in the Garden of Eden, God covered the nakedness of his disobedient children with the skins of an animal, a preview of the greater sacrifice of one who would provide a covering once and for all. And God gave them a promise. God assured them that one day a descendant of Eve would be born. He, too, would be tempted, but he would obey instead of rebel. He would take the curse upon himself and put an end to the evil that now infiltrated all creation.
In the midst of the curse, the Lord offered a word of grace, a word of hope. Today he offers that same favor to you—no matter how deep or prolonged your family’s struggles are.
Father, it helps me to know that you understand how it feels to have a child disobey your clear instruction. You have felt the disappointment and heartbreak of having a son and daughter assume that you are keeping them from something good rather than protecting them from something evil.
Father, you are the only one who can provide an adequate covering for ________’s shame through the righteousness of your obedient Son. Help ________ to accept and embrace that all of her shame was placed upon Christ on the cross so that she can stand before you forgiven and blameless, with no need to hide.
The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids
By Nancy Guthrie with Sinclair B. Gerguson