SOS Adam

The rules we set down for our children are for their good and protection.  Love writes those rules and following them brings a blessing that lasts forever.

It’s a simple truth: obeying God’s heart for us brings good things.  Disobeying brings tragedy and separation.

I remember those days with a relaxed mixture of joy and contentment, for the days spent in simple pleasure were heavenly.  I remember the first time I felt sunshine on my face turned up to the sky so warm and welcoming.  I remember feeling the dew beneath my feet in the amber covered mornings.  I can taste the sweetness of the fruit God provided us.  I can smell Eve’s hair in the embrace she gave, secure in the knowledge that we were literally made to be together.

Walking with the Ancient of Days in the evening are the memories I cherish most.  Telling Him all about the things we did, the names we had created for the ones in our care.  It was a wonderful sharing of the discovery of creation and the new experiences we had known.  I could feel His pleasure in us and with His words I could say that it was Good.

There’s a part of me that is glad my children and children’s children never saw the Garden.  I think they would be less joyful if they really understood how far we have fallen.  For me, it’s a reality I can’t escape and the passing years don’t lessen the burden I bear.  I love Eve.  I love my family.  In that sense, this life has been good, in spite of the curse and guilt I feel for separating future generations from the life we knew.  We’ve eaten and the little ones want to hear about the Garden again.

Though it hurts in the telling, they will hear it again.  Remembering that place still makes me pause and brings unbidden tears to my soul.  Is there a heavier-borne remorse than a king without a kingdom?  How can I convey the difference of life now compared to what we knew?

We lost our Home.

The accounts of our story to future generations will mention that Eve was deceived as she was tempted.  But the story will not talk about my misunderstanding or the idea that I was deceived.

That’s because I wasn’t deceived.

I didn’t try to stop her.  I was tempted too.  I wanted to know the things I didn’t know.  I wanted to be more than I was.  But when she bit into the forbidden, I was suddenly aware of where we were and the weight of the moment hit me fully.  It was a slice of time filled with possibility and the metallic taste of fear was in my mouth.

I had lost her.  She looked at me with a new awareness and fear filled her eyes.  The terror and shame and insight combined in a way she never expected or wanted and the serpent was looking, not at her but at me.  His hungry, expectant eyes knew he had me even before I took the fruit myself.  Do I turn away from her?  Or from God?

I knew the price I would pay when I tasted the fruit.  I betrayed God and disobeyed Him willingly, with my eyes wide open. Both of us sinned striving for something good but we disobeyed the One Who gave us everything for our own selfish ends.  Eve desired to be more like the Father we loved.  For me, I did not want to lose her.  I did not want her to face the horrible consequences alone.  By lifting my desire and relationship for her above my relationship with God, I condemned us both.

Trying to accomplish something good through illegitimate means will never work in the end.  Turning our backs on God always makes things worse and separates us from who we truly are.

I tell our story as an explanation, to help the coming generations understand why there is evil in the world.  Why are we the way we are?  Where did we come from?  Why are there things in our lives that are so hard to bear and understand?

I tell our story as a warning, to help them learn from our mistakes.  If we weep at the part we played in our separation from God, let that be a lesson to carry the weight of warning to them deeply and well.

I tell our story as a promise, to bring generations hope.  God loves us and will make a way for us to recapture everything we’ve lost.  Even in the story of our fall, there are seeds of hope and hints of the redemption to come.

The very deepest part of me, even my bones remember walking in the cool of the day with Him.  Deep within you, somehow, you remember that day as well.  This is why you long for a time when you will walk with Him again.  The path to that day is not closed.  It is a dream that will be fulfilled.

The rules He sets down for us, His children, are for our good and protection.  Love writes those rules and following them brings a blessing that lasts forever.  If you hear anything from me, hear this… it’s a simple truth.

Obeying God’s heart for you brings good things.  Disobeying brings tragedy and brokenness.  Take the better road and you’ll never regret it.

Devotional Thoughts for the Day

Made with God’s love we have received the gift of His Laws and Commands for our protection. However, like Adam, we are subject to the evil one’s worldly temptations to break that protection so that at the end of the day we are filled with tragedy, brokenness, immense guilt and separation from God. Fortunately, when we fall short and feel like a banished person we have a loving God who offers His grace when we humbly come before Him confessing our sins.

“Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14)

  • Are you guilty of disobeying and betraying God in such a dark way that you have not allowed God’s grace to heal your wounded soul? If so, now is the time to allow God’s grace to heal you so that your ministry is no longer anchored by the weight of your guilt.

“In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.” (2 Chronicles 33:12-13)

Are you currently facing a temptation which the serpent is trying to convince you is OK to act upon? Temptations of this world are very powerful so if you are facing a temptation, do not handle it alone. First seek God, and then find someone who can help walk you away from it.

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