Day 9 | You've Changed
God and man experienced an uncomplicated intimate friendship in the garden of Eden. It was the way it was always meant to be. No fear of judgement, no shame, no hinderance. Just a deep loving relationship that was life itself.
Sin changed all that. It severed what was natural and fulfilling. Sin interrupted a natural order and disturbed the peace - globally. For the first time, man was afraid, so they hid from God. And, well, we have been hiding ever since.
You have changed!
You are part of the human race that has changed and fallen from its original plan and purpose, which is to reflect the image of our Maker. Adam's sin has affected us all. The whole planet is out of balance. This is the most vivid picture of how our choices today affect our descendants tomorrow.
Thank God for His plan of salvation. That God He is reconciling the whole world back to Himself through Jesus Christ. Our only hope of changing back to what God originally made us to be is found in relationship with His Son, Jesus.
TIME TO THINK:
God saves us and restores us for relationship.
What relationships do I need to work on fixing or making better?
Father, I'm sorry that sin has disconnected us all from You. And I'm sorry for all the sins I have committed against You and others. Thank you for Your love and mercy. Thank you for Your saving grace. Help me walk in Your love with You and others around me. Amen.
Genesis 3:1-8, 10-13 NLT
“The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. “Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.””