8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
In Genesis Chapter 2, we read that God prepared a garden in which he put Adam. He gave him a woman as wife, surrounded him with all he needed and had regular fellowship with Adam. When he disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, Adam’s fellowship with God was broken. “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (V. 8) Sin brought guilt and fear and made them to hide from God. The initiative for reconciliation came from God. “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” “(V. 9). This led to Adam coming out of hiding to confess his fear, brought on by his disobedience. “He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (V. 10). Fear and nakedness were the result of Adam’s sin. Though Adam and Eve were eventually driven out of the Garden, God still loved them. The evidence is that “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (V. 21)
Things have not changed. When Christianssin, we lose our, peace, we feel guilty and afraid to approach God. We feel naked, stripped of our righteousness in Christ. Someone has said that “rule” in “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15a) can be paraphrased as “referee“. Just as when the referee blows his whistle, the game must stop, so losing our peace is an indication that we have committed a sin. God has already made provision for the forgiveness of the repentant sinner. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). One mark of repentance is grief over our sin and a willingness to confess our sin. We need not hide from our Loving Heavenly Father when we sin. We must remember that our forgiveness was costly. “He (Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25). We must desire to overcome every temptation and keep close to God.
Grant me such sensitivity to sin, Lord Jesus that I will always run to you for forgiveness and cleansing when I sin against you.
Writer: Rev. Dr. T. B. Dankwa