June 5, 2020
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
What emotions do you think drove Adam and Eve to run and hide from God? What were they experiencing as they cowered in the bushes?
Was it shame? Or guilt? (“We disobeyed…”)
Insecurity? Vulnerability? (“God must be angry at us!”)
Fear? (“How will He respond?!”)
For the first time in history, mankind was not at peace in God’s presence. Maybe it was the first time anyone ever felt guilt or fear! And what did we do? We ran away and tried to hide. And we’ve been trying to hide ever since. How about you? Where do your emotions drive you? When you honestly assess your relationship with God, are you able to take your strongest emotions before Him? Or do you tend to keep God at arm’s length, or even flee?
On this point the Bible is crystal clear: God WANTS you to come into His presence. “Come! Come to Me!” Jesus proclaims over and over (see Matt 11:28, Rev 22:17, Luke 18:22 for starters). Rather than run away, God exhorts us to draw near (James 4:8). God DESIRES to be close to each of us, but so often we are not sure we want the same. God offers the deepest well of cool water and peace, but so often we strangely prefer to stay thirsty… and troubled.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ran from God. But in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus instead went to God. “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father…’” (Matthew 26:40)
Will you take your troubled heart before Your Heavenly Father today?