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. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
And he said, “Who told you that you were naked?”
Haven’t we all taken the wrong advice, made the wrong choice, or listened to the wrong voices? If you’ve heard from God and you didn’t obey, understand this: God gives second chances.
Adam and Eve heard from God regularly. They had a regular appointment with Him in the garden. When He came for his expected appointment, Adam hid.
That simple act was evidence that something was wrong.
Instead of hiding when we mess up, we can communicate our failures to God. He understands and forgives.
A lot of people try to do what is right. They figure out how to obey God, and then that sneaky snake whispers something to entice them away from what God has told them to do. They stumble. They feel so bad about stumbling that they stay down too long.
God says, “Get up.”
God will provide for you everything that you need. Everything. But you have to get up and walk with Him. He will lead you through open doorways and lead you out of danger, but you have to do the walking.
Seeking God and finding Him isn’t hard. The fact that we’re so imperfect is what is hard to deal with.
You were created to do something that nobody else can do. Your life has purpose. God designed you with specific gifts and abilities so you can accomplish that purpose. Communicate with God and find out what that is. You have a job to do, but you can’t do it lying down. Give God your guilt, shame, bad memories, and pain. Let Him help you back up.
In your journey to a better relationship with God, you’re probably going to stumble. The key to the journey is to get back up and keep walking.