Painful Problem for Men
...is mostly unknown. This painful problem for men isn't a secret and it's not hidden, but men and women don't know about it. It is part of the curses or judgments that God declared on mankind after Adam and Eve sinned.
Even worse, people do not understand that it impacts their life RIGHT NOW. This isn't something that only happened to Adam and Eve. These curses impact ALL men and ALL women. That means each day of their life, they don't understand the underlying foundation of their frustrations.
God declared a JUDGMENT for women also, so God was equally just with both Adam and Eve as well as ALL men and women. Click here is you want to read about the "Painful Problem for Women".
When men understand the curse in Genesis 3:17-19, they often state that it tells an accurate story about their life! That's because it is one part of the consequence of the sin of Adam and Eve that has been passed along to all men.
Let me briefly explain some of the critical details of "painful problem for men" as provided in God's Word.
First, note that God tells Adam why he is being judged, then tells him what the judgment is.
Second, God cursed the ground not Adam, but that impacted Adam more. The ground will grow thorns and thistles instead of just good things. It works against Adam and that requires much more effort to produce food. Finally, sweat is a constant part of his life as he works, which apparently was not true of his work before the sin.
Third, note that the very thing he was made from, the ground, he will return to when he dies.
So, the overall theme is about work. The ground will no longer be compliant, it is cursed and will fight against any work done.
The simple paraphrase of the painful problem for men could be "Your work will be painful and unfulfilling - and then you die."
Sounds like fun! Of course, it isn't, but that is part of the consequence of sin! But the painful problem for men is actually worse than it sounds.
You won't understand how much worse until you see the connection between the judgment and the man's design. Check out course 02 - Divine Design of Men and Women so that you can understand the design and see the critical connection.
Heed Or Lead
God was very specific on why Adam was being judged - He listened or heeded the voice of his wife. Now I know what you are thinking. Of course this does not mean that men are not to listen to their wife! And, listening to your wife is not the "painful problem for men".
What it does mean, men are sinning, just like Adam, when they abdicate leadership in their home!
Adam was not leading Eve, he was following her. He did not protect her, did not take the situation to God - he just took the fruit and ate it, just like Eve. "Heeded" or "listened" in this context means to obey or yield to. Adam, obeyed and yielded to Eve, not God. That is the very clear reason Adam was judged.
Men, are you listening to God or something other than God?
The painful truth about the man's judgment is most revealing when you look at the word "toil" in Genesis 3:17. That word is the same Hebrew word used in Genesis 3:16 when talking about the pain of childbirth.
I find that very interesting, because it makes sense when I look at my work. While I very much enjoy what I do and love the fact that God allows me to do it, it nevertheless is painful much of the time. The work you do, even when done right, often has to be done again. Consider pulling weeds from a your yard or flower bed. You can do it extremely well, but those weeds find a way to grow back.
The same is true for almost all work. Right now, writing this blog requires toil. I can enjoy doing it, but there are many more needed in the future. Additionally, there are other items that need to be "planted", "cultivated" and "weeds pulled".
The pain for both men and women last throughout their life. For women, pain with relationships and for men, pain with work. But there is HOPE.
God has a solution. He always provides a way out and the answer lies in following His prescription and your design. When men and women pay attention to God's way, the judgments are powerless. When we follow Titus 2:1-8 and Ephesians 5 & 6, as well as glorify God in all you do (1 Corinthians 10:31), the judgments are powerless. But, too often, we follow our sin nature and the judgments fuel our self-absorbed ways.
Click here to look at the "Painful Problem for Women". Again, it is unknown and yet impacts every woman in the world!
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