In, Genesis 3:14, 15 God is letting the serpent (who is a form or representative of Satan) know what his punishment would be, as consequence for deceiving the woman. The punishment that he would face and endure would be instant, constant, and continual. Cursed above all other animals, he would crawl on his belly and eat dust from that day forward. The best part of this moment is that the woman, whose destiny he sought to deceive, deny, and destroy, is now the one who would both possess the vessel and carry the seed that would ultimately destroy him. God declares to the serpent, “I will put enmity (utter hatred) between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
As we walk out this month that has been set aside to honor women, we want to take the time to celebrate and give God glory for the power that he has given women to annihilate that which tries to eliminate them. The moment that could’ve very well been the greatest defeat turned out to be the greatest victory. Like many, the woman, whom we later knew as Eve, knew better, but didn’t do better. This first woman, allowed herself to be deceived, detoured, and almost devastated. A slip, a mistake, a question exposed her and her husband in a way that was never part of the big picture. However, God had a backup plan.
Like so many trials that women have faced and will face, God has set up the power to crush the one who yet plots against us, through His son, Jesus Christ. His Word informs us that even through hurt, pain, disappointment, discouragement, and/ or distraction, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgement you shall condemn (convict, sentence and denounce).” This was established in the garden. Your bruised foot is not the end, but a catalyst for a new beginning. In that moment, we, as women, became the carrier of the seed that will ultimately destroy that which was meant to destroy us. Too, as descendants of Eve, we will extinguish the very fire that would try to extinguish us.
Be encouraged. Your foot may hurt because of steps that you’ve taken, but the plots and plans of the one who comes to kill you will be destroyed. You may have to walk with a limp, but you get to move forward, knowing that he who comes but to steal, kill, and destroy cannot and will not win. Your foot may be bruised but be confident in knowing that your enemy has been defeated. Bruises are just a sign that you took the hits and survived to tell the story!
Bruised heels still crush serpents’ heads…keep going!