On the 39th day of Christmas my true love gave to me a promise of Satan’s defeat—Genesis 3:15.
I love watching movies where the underdog wins: the homely girl becomes the most popular; the wimpy guy saves the sports team; the guy from across town is smarter than his private school classmates; the girl on the other side of the tracks gets THE GUY. The underdog winning always makes for a good storyline. Though I know the Lord Jesus Christ has never been the underdog, he placed himself in that position, one of humility, for the love of mankind. When I read the gospel accounts of his rejection from man, the cruelty he experienced at our hands, I grieve but soon remember the end of the story, that the seeming underdog wins; he defeats death, nixing Satan’s plan to destroy mankind’s savior, the prophecy of his coming we first see in Genesis:
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.—3:15
The ‘he’ in this verse refers to Jesus Christ and the ‘you’ refers to Satan. The ‘bruise’ symbolizes the fight between good and evil, one that Christ’s descendents and Satan’s descendents will also engage. The woman was directly referring to Mary, the woman who would carry and birth Jesus Christ’s physical body, but, like Mary, you are a descendent of Eve. As Christ’s descendent, how then how have you handled your struggle between good and evil? As Eve’s descendent, a woman, how have you specifically handled those struggles between good and evil that uniquely affect women? Have you successfully carried Jesus in you and then allowed him to manifest in your life?
I know in the heat of daily moments I feel like the underdog: I may snap at my kids for doing kid stuff, begrudge my season after changing what I believe is too many diapers or lament over my bulging belly that I have yet to get back in shape since having my baby. These are my present women’s struggles between good and evil. I can choose to snap, begrudge and lament or I could choose to speak life, be satisfied and think on good things. Instead of trying to conjure up some strong black woman spirit to help me, I choose to remember that I have Jesus in me through the power of the Holy Spirit; I am not the underdog.
On this 39th Day of Christmas, I hope you join me in remembering who you are and that your Savior was slated for you thousands of years ago. You may look like the underdog, but you are a victor indeed.
Copyright 2010 by Rhonda J. Smith