In the Garden Alone

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. Genesis 3:8

How difficult is it to hide from the Lord? Well, it’s impossible, but Adam and Eve tried. Sure, they hid because they were now ashamed but they didn’t want God to know what they did. They obviously didn’t know the character or nature of God. He knew what they did long before they did it. Just like He knows what we do or say long before we do it.

Stop for a moment and think about this verse. The first man and woman on the planet were in the garden with the Creator of the Universe. What could be a more pleasant and peaceful scene than that? But sin marred it. Sin always mars peaceful, pristine environments. It always ruins relationships, always sows distrust and dischord. Except for the moment, sin doesn’t satisfy, and then regret sets in.

The song lyrics “I come to the garden alone” are based on this verse. The image in the song is where a person is alone with God, and walks and talks with Him. That’s the ideal. The reality is what Adam and Eve experienced, not wanting God to know or see or talk to them. They wanted to avoid God.

You and I may not always have “I come to the garden alone” experiences, but we shouldn’t avoid God either. If we do avoid God, then the remedy is quite simple: don’t avoid Him.

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