“And 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.” – (Genesis 3:8)
Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, enjoyed great relationship with God on a daily basis. Being in a sinless state, they lived in an atmosphere of tremendous faith, boldness, peace and joy.
But, as in a dream, all of these vanished suddenly on one particular day! That day, when God came to the garden, Adam and Eve heard the sound of His footsteps. Usually their hearts rejoiced at the thought of being with the Almighty Creator. They loved His Presence and His Words.
But not that day. That day, they felt a strange sense of shame and fear as they heard Him coming. That strangeness multiplied as His Presence moved near. Not being able to stand this any longer, they ran off and hid themselves among the leafy trees of the garden. Not finding them in the usual spot, God called out, “Adam, where are you?” There came a reply from somewhere nearby, “We are naked. So we are afraid to meet with you!”
“Who told you that you are naked”, God asked. “Did you eat the fruit of the tree that I told you not to eat from?”
“I just had only a sample bite of its fruit which my wife gave me”, responded Adam innocently. But Adam didn’t understand then that his sample bite was not a simple bite but a serious bite that could deplorably alter the whole story of the universe – and it happened so!
Even today, Satan is employing the same trap to deceive people. If you could remember, can’t you point out those times when you heard a strange whisper in your ears, “It’s only a bite. No one sees it. Now is your time. Just do it – only a bite. Enjoy it and forget it!”
Many fall into that trap – “After all it’s only a bite. My parents won’t know it. My spouse won’t see it. It won’t affect my future. It’s just a puff, a clip, a date…” And that will take them captive till they end up lost and empty!
If you are facing such a situation, the word of the Lord to you is: ‘RUN’! Not as Adam did, but vise-versa. Run off from that atmosphere of temptation and run as fast as you can to God’s Presence. Don’t say, “I can handle it by myself”. No, you can’t. You need God’s help and strength. Run to Him. Fall at His feet in prayer. Ask Him to strengthen you through His Word and empower you with His Spirit. And, as His Word and Spirit perform a great work in you, then you can stand up boldly and live victoriously!
– – – written by Joe Abraham