It is a story we all know, even those of us who don't read the bible or hold to the Jewish or Christian faiths. We know the story of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the one tree God told them not to eat from. We know how the Satan (the deceiver), in the form of a serpent, tricked them into eating the only fruit that was forbidden. This was the original sin, the fall of humankind. Genesis 3: 8-12 recounts what came next. The first couple heard God walking in the Garden (Press pause right there. How amazing is that? God was strolling in garden. We gloss over so many amazing moments in scripture...), knew they had done wrong, and decided to hide. We've been tryingto hide our sin from God ever since. It was at that very moment that the need for Jesus to come to earth became apparent. God wanted so badly for this thing he had created in His own image to be connected to Him. After God questioned the couple about what they had done, he handed out punishment. He was disappointed, just as He when we sin today. But in verse 21 God shows us His true nature. In the midst of all of this failure, God stops to create animal skin clothing for Adam & Eve, because they were embarrassed to be naked. They didn't deserve God's help. But they got it anyway. And grace was born. 2000 years later that same grace would be wrapped in flesh and bone and come to walk among us again- this time as Jesus.
Today, ask yourself in what ways you are hiding from God? Seek to discover the areas of your life where you need to experience grace. God is waiting. You can find true sanctuary in his presence.
He Is Risen!