"And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden." - Genesis 3:8 (NKJ)
Memory can sometimes be a bittersweet thing. Especially when we think about the things we have lost. When I woke this morning I reflected on my childhood with my parents. No worries, no real fears. The word that came to mind was innocence. Remember what innocence felt like? Innocence, which costs nothing, once lost, may come at a high price. Man learned this lesson first in the Garden of Eden.
In the Garden of Eden, man first walked in holy communion with God. There was no fear, no doubt; there was only endless intimacy with the Creator. Then Satan entered the garden and offered what appeared to be greater opportunities--equality with God and knowledge of good and evil. What Satan failed to share was that the cost for those opportunities would come at a high price. The price would be a broken relationship with God--a lost of innocence.
Satan has not changed his approach. He first creates doubt in our mind-doubt as to God's ability to decide what is best for us. He then plants desire in our hearts for things we don't have-the result being dissatisfaction and lack of gratitude for the blessings God has placed in our life. Lastly, Satan will persuade us to act on our doubt and dissatisfaction. And so we choose to move forward with our sin. (James 1:14-15) Relationship with God for that moment is broken. The problem arises when those moments become a pattern, ultimately replacing our relationship with God.
What have you lost in your relationship with God? Have the opportunities of this world resulted in lost of your intimacy with Him? Little time for prayer, no time for Bible reading, and forget about service to others. If this is your story, it's time we return to your first love. (Rev. 2:4-5) The wonderful thing about being a child of God is that we can always return home where He waits to renew that relationship (Luke 15:20-24) and restore things that we have lost.
Good to the Last Byte...Satan often uses self to convince us of our personal rights and privileges, even if they are contrary to God's will. These include self-gratification, self-confidence, self-interest. When this occurs, we forget what God has already done for us in the past. In your journal describe a time in your life when you totally depended on the Lord, as a child depends on their parent. Reflect on those moments of innocence.