No Need To Hide From The Presence Of The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:

No Need To Hide From The Presence Of The Lord

“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. Then the Lord God called to the man. and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself’”

Genesis 3:8-10

There is no need for any child of God to hide “from the presence of the Lord God” out of fear.

The apostle John wrote about our most blessed freedom from fear, because of our Lord God Jesus Christ, saying “We love, because He first loved us. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1st John 4:19, 18, 16).

So, what had happened to Adam and Eve?

Whereas the sound of God walking in the garden was once a cause of joy for them, they now hid themselves from God’s presence, because they were afraid... and they were aware of their nakedness.

We know the account concerning the serpent’s deception, convincing Eve and Adam to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But, when they did eat, the Scriptures says “then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked” (Genesis 3: 1-7).

Eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil produced a self-awareness, apart from God, and the act of their eating from the forbidden tree represented Adam and Eve living independently from God their Creator. Sin entered their hearts at that time and they were, ultimately, exiled from the garden (Genesis 3:24).