Peter Misselbrook's Blog
Jul 6 2011 - E100.2b – Genesis 3: 7-13, Walking with God

Genesis 3 tells us that God walked in the garden in the cool of the day. Surely this was not the first time God had done this – his footfall is readily recognised by Adam and Eve. The implication is that God had done this before – maybe many times before. Maybe it was God's habit to walk around his garden each evening. And on previous occasions when his footsteps were heard, Adam and Eve would have gone to meet him and would have walked and talked with their Creator in the cool and quiet of the day.

But this day was not like any previous day. Adam and Eve know that they have disobeyed God. They were not only naked, they knew that they were naked. They felt naked and vulnerable and ashamed, and so, instead of running to meet God they ran from him to hide in the bushes.

What a foolish act. It is impossible to hide from God. God confronted his disobedient children asking, "Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" Adam blamed Eve, and by implication, blamed God – it is the fault of "the woman you gave to be with me." Eve blames the serpent and, as has often been remarked, the serpent didn't have a leg to stand on.

We are sons of Adam and daughters of Eve. We seek to cover our shame with the flimsy tissue of shifted blame. It's always someone else's fault and never our own. We even blame inanimate creation by saying "it broke" rather than "I broke it." We need to stop trying to hide and to come out into the open, being honest with ourselves and with others. But we find this really hard. We need the courage of G K Chesterton who, when asked to write an article on what was wrong with the world, responded with the simple confession, "I am."

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, I am naked and without excuse before you. I readily confess that I continually fall short of all that you created me to be; I have sinned through negligence, through weakness, through my own deliberate fault. Gracious Father, cover my nakedness with the glorious robe of Christ's righteousness and by your Spirit put a new heart within me – a heart that runs in the way of your commandments. Lord God, I want to walk with you.

Peter Misselbrook