Genesis 3:1–10 ‘[Adam] answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”’ (v10)

Adam and Eve have been placed in a beautiful garden, where they walk with God, enjoy His fellowship, and each other’s.

Sadly, Eve listens to a voice that causes her to doubt the goodness of God (vv1–4), and the first people disobey the Lord, severing their friendship with Him.

The consequences of this action have been seen throughout history; humankind separated from the God who loves them. But of course, God has a plan to put everything right; a plan of restoration.

The Son of God will be born on earth, to show us what God is like, then die on a cruel cross, making a way for the great gulf between humanity and God to be bridged by His perfect sacrifice.

He is raised from the dead, validating everything He has said and done; His sacrifice has been accepted. He is alive! And He welcomes all who come to Him.

Isn’t it interesting that Adam is afraid of God and hides. He is naked, as we all are before the Lord. God sees us, and He knows us.

Yet we can spend so much time hiding from God, even when we know Him! We get it wrong. We have something in our lives we know that God wants to remove, or restore.

We brush it under the carpet, or shove it in a cupboard, lock the door and pretend He can’t see it!

Rather than hide from Him who knows us completely and loves us totally, let’s come to Him in humility and trust, and let Him speak into those hurt places that we try so hard to hide. He knows they are there, but He doesn’t condemn. He comes to help.


A Prayer To Make:
‘Father, I don’t want to hide anything from You. I know You want to help, restore and heal me. Thank You, gentle Lord. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Are there any ‘cupboards’ in your life where you are hiding something from God? Can you open the cupboard door today, and let God in?

Scripture To Consider:
Ps. 139:1–24; Isa. 53:1–12; John 3:1–21 & 4:1–26

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.