Friday, December 19, 2008

Eve - Did you sneak a peek?

Genesis 3:7-8 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

It's Christmas time and many of us have wrapped our presents or at least hidden them somewhere away from prying eyes - but as we all know, that doesn't always work. How many of us, growing up, have sneaked into the Christmas presents and unwrapped to take a peek? And in so doing, the guilt outweighed any joy of the actual gift.

Verse 8 makes it pretty clear of the type of relationship that God had with Adam and Eve. In the evening He came walking in the garden wanting to spend time with them. God had a relationship with Adam and Eve. He didn't just create them and leave them there - He spent time with them and they enjoyed His company. But now, just as when we open the present we know we're not supposed to open - they don't want to face their Father.

It is not unreasonable to think that at some point, God would've shared with them about that tree. That eventually, sooner or later, God would've let them eat some of that fruit. Maybe He was going to tell them about their nakedness later and present them with a nice white robe instead of those itchy fig leaves. Whatever it was that God had planned for them, was ruined because of their own selfish desires.

How many times have we ruined a great surprise for this same reason. Two thousand and eight years ago God sent us a gift - a fulfillment of a promise that would save us from this sin we can't seem to keep away from. Even in spite of ourselves - God is still desiring a relationship with us, to walk with us, and talk with us and I think there still might be a white robe, or maybe even a crown, waiting for us under His tree.

5 wonderful insights:

Sharon said...

Excellent point and so true, I have to say I was never the peeker, I knew it would ruin the surprise!(Christmas gifts that is),
But there have been other things in life that I would peek at from excitement. We all have some selfishness in us. But yes he still loves me, forgives me he is so awesome, he LOVES us so much.
All I want for christmas is him.
Great post to think about for the day, Thank You!
Merrry Christmassss my friend
Sharon

Chatty Kelly said...

So true - we can ruin the best laid plans, and our Savior covers our ruin with righteousness, so that we can receive the gift...a crown of life.

Edie said...

I love that He desires a relationship with us. That He seeks us out and calls us to Him, and that He forgives us when we bring our wrongs to Him.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Girl that is such a good point. How often we spoil things because we want it our way.

Merry Christmas!
Much love,
Angela

sailorcross said...

I completely ruined one Christmas by peeking at everything!!! Oh, no!!

I love that God wants a relationship with me, that He is waiting for me to wake up in the morning to talk with Him.

And I also love the fact that He has plans for me--plans that are only known to Him. Could be some great surprises ahead--or could be some turmoils and pain in the growing process--but whatever it is, I know that God already knows and has HIS plans.

This goes back to your previous post, but I just thought of it:

My daughter was getting dressed for church for Christmas Eve service, and she said--"If they only hadn't eaten that fruit they weren't supposed to, none of us would have to be making this decision. We could all just go as we are and everything would be just fine!"

Beth