Word for Wednesday

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8

Most of us remember when we were little children and had broken or damaged something, how we hid from our parents because of our fear of retribution. A guilty conscience can make us very irrational. We knew we had to face the matter eventually. But we still hid, we still ran, we still avoided contact with our parents. It was irrational for Adam to hide. He knew that God could surely see him. But he was embarrassed and ashamed. And he did exactly what you and I would have done had we been in his place. We know that, because we are still doing it.

In the early days of our world, Adam and his wife knew sweet fellowship with God. We are not told much about it, but it seems that God spent time communing with them on a regular basis. Sadly, we read nothing about Adam’s communion with God after the fall. Nothing is recorded about anything God said to Adam after he and Eve departed Eden. The great act of disobedience had destroyed their fellowship. Adam never recovered from his shame and embarrassment. And neither have we. Just as God clothed Adam and his wife with skins, so God has clothed us in His righteousness. Despite being covered by God, a sad and disappointed Adam spent the rest of his life in labour and regret. This was not what God intended. And we should learn from Adam that our salvation should restore our fellowship with God, not prevent us from establishing and maintaining a warm relationship with Him. Yes, we have sinned, and yes, we are at fault in so many ways. But the God who knows and understands all about us has forgiven us and longs that we might join with him in a ‘cool of the day’ conversation.

Can you and I hide from God today? No. Then let us spend time in His presence, appreciating His grace instead of grovelling in our shame. -Jim MacIntosh

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