Have you ever wondered why Adam and Eve thought “ghosting God” after blatantly disobeying Him would work? Honestly, I don’t think that would’ve been my first reaction. If I were in their shoes, my first instinct would’ve been to act like nothing happened: hide the remains, bury the pit, and make a pact with each other to never speak of it again. As ridiculous as THAT even sounds, sometimes we can act that way: refusing to acknowledge our acts of disobedience.
It really makes me wonder, then, what brought them to disregard the knowledge of God’s omnipresence? After all, weren’t they supposed to have gained a new, profound wisdom as a result of eating the fruit? A switch must’ve occurred within them to resort to hiding from their Creator.
"He (the LORD) said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
// Genesis 3:11
Huh, what a seemingly simple question God asks: “Who told you that you were naked?”
Not once have I speculated the reasoning behind that question, but I can almost hear God also saying, ”Naked compared to WHO? Nothing I’ve created has ever needed anything else besides what I‘ve given them to live! What do you mean NAKED? Who told you that that was even a PROBLEM? It is exactly how I made you!"
At that moment, God knew what had happened; He knew that they must have listened to another voice. Satan was the one who convinced them that they needed to be ashamed in their discrepancies, that their bare being was unpresentable, and their instinct was to hide who they are from Him.
How many times has Satan told us that we are not skinny enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not loved enough, not worthy, not perfect enough, et cetera?
God is right there telling you, “Compared to WHO? Who told you that the way I made you was BAD? Don’t you know that I made you exactly the way I need you to be so that we could have an intimacy unparalleled to anything else on the Earth? Have you eaten from the tree of Facebook and Instagram? Are you questioning My truth for what the world tells you? If only you knew what I think of you, what i want to give you and the plans I’ve predestined for you!”
“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
// Genesis 3:21
Our creator doesn't want us to hide from him at all! Instead, he works with the consequences of our sin (feeling naked and ashamed) and produces a way for us to be reconciled to him.
God sacrificed an animal (another one of His creatures) as a sufficient covering for their shame. He didn’t expect them to no longer feel naked without clothes, but met them where they were at, IN their deception, and created a way for them to securely walk with Him again.
Not to be over-simplistic, but many of our most painful experiences stem from an assumption told to us from Satan about our existence that we mistook as truth.
Maybe you have a deep belief that you will only be accepted if you are successful: who told you that? God loves us and is shown through us more IN our weakness; that we must be thin, beautiful, fashionable, smart, popular, extroverted, fun, et cetera, to be loved by anyone. Who told you that? God loved us before we were even a physical being! He is fully enthralled by our spirit! It's easy to believe that in order to be worthy, we must prove it and receive validation from every single human we encounter. It's easy to believe that our lives must make others envious. WHO TOLD YOU THAT?
We need to take hold of those lies we live our days in response to, and question how those beliefs came about! If they are inhibiting your life, chances are, they are not from God, your loving creator. Over the course of the next few weeks we’re going to be exposing those lies, and learning together how to combat Satan’s tactics.
1 thes. 2:8
because we love you so much, we are delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well