When my days get hectic I sometimes get a little stressed wondering how I am going to accomplish everything on my “to do” list. To calm myself, I sometimes try and imagine what it would have been like to walk in the garden with God. As hard as I try to stretch my imagination I find it very difficult. I try and imagine the beauty, the trees, (I love trees) the flowers and streams, the fragrances, the sounds of birds singing, the peace and tranquility, then suddenly, when I imagine actually walking with God I am back in reality.
I guess because of my awareness God knows everything about me and because I’ve never walked in the garden with Him as one without sin. I was kicked out of the garden before I could experience walking in the garden. I was issued a NO TRESPASSING SIGN because of sin. Fear overshadows the moment; my shame and my nakedness tell me to hide from Him. Gen 3:1-13
Gen 3:22-24 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
God showed mercy to Adam and Eve by banishing them from the garden. He could have ended their lives.
Consider this commentary…Genesis 3:15 HE WILL CRUSH YOUR HEAD, AND YOU WILL STRIKE HIS HEEL. This verse is the first hope of God’s plan to defeat evil and restore his relationship with people. It predicts the full victory of God over Satan. It is the prophecy of a spiritual conflict between the woman’s offspring (i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ) and Satan’s evil forces. God promised that Christ would be born of a woman (cf. Isa 7:14) and would be “struck” by his unjust death on the cross. Yet, he would rise from the dead to completely “crush” Satan, sin and death in order to save the human race (cf. Isa 53:5; Matt 1:20-23; John 12:31; Acts 26:18; Rom 5:18-19; 16:20; 1 John 3:8; Rev 20:10)
(from Fire Bible)™: Global Study Edition
Through God’s mercy and amazing grace he gave us Jesus, our loving Savior. He gave us hope and salvation from our sins.
I can walk with God and I don’t have to use my imagination to do it!!
Rom 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! Ps 18:46