When God began His creative work, He did it all in seven short days. Then there was an apparently brief time when the first couple enjoyed the presence of God face-to-face. I say ‘apparently’ because there is little mention of anything happening at that time. The biblical account moves directly from Adam rejoicing over the creation of Eve at the end of chapter two, to the temptation and consequent fall of man in chapter three.
The only indication that there may have been more happening in the interim is found after the couple sins and God searches for them. The Bible says "He walked with them in the cool of the day." That appears to have been a daily occurrence. Can you imagine actually walking with God every day in the cool of the day --in paradise? God still calls to us to walk with Him. The problem is “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) We have to agree with God’s terms in order to walk with Him. Those terms include salvation by grace, through faith, unto good works. (Ephesians 2:8) Only as we walk with Him, on His terms, can we experience the presence of God.
But when someone is given everything early in life, too often it spoils them. Perhaps you have seen children who have been given every opportunity in life and they squander everything they have. So, it still happens today. Adam and Eve were given everything, but they must have felt that it wasn’t enough. That one thing that they could not have (the forbidden fruit) was the one thing that they had to have.
Their daily routine of walking with God was interrupted by sin . . . . Does that sound familiar to you? It should because sin interrupts our fellowship with God on a regular basis. How much like our ancient ancestors we are! How quickly our daily 'walk with God' is cancelled by our propensity to sin! It is the story of every human being on the face of the planet.
I must admit that too often my daily walk with God has been upended by sin. Well, I might as well own it . . . my sin. I hate to admit it, but I cannot blame my lack of fellowship with God on Adam and Eve. It is MY sin that keeps me from having fellowship with God. How difficult it is for us to admit that sin, our own sin, is the culprit and how quick we are to blame someone else for our failures!
"He walked with them in the cool of the day." That sounds so inviting. Please excuse me for a moment. I think I'll go for a walk.
Someone is calling me . . . .
- Dr. Darryl -