And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
The first consequence of Adam and Eve’s momentous decision to reject God’s revelation was a fundamental change in their relationship with their Creator. Before sin, they had experienced a close, open relationship with their God. He communicated with them openly and they lived in His presence, free of shame and guilt and with nothing to hide.
After sin, they cowered and hid from Him. Their close relationship with Him was broken.
This teaches us one of sin’s essential consequences: Sin separates us from God. This was more fully explained by the prophet Isaiah over 3,000 years later: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).
The Bible reveals that when our life is characterized by sin and rebellion against God, our communication with Him—which is primarily through prayer—is blocked (Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 11:11).
The main thing we need to learn from Adam and Eve’s story is that we need to “draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). That is done by striving to live a righteous life through obedience to His commandments, fervently repenting when we sin and living a life characterized by faith and trust in God.
This will open the lines of communication with God in our lives: “For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12; see also Psalm 34:15-17; Proverbs 15:29).
To learn more about how to develop a closer and stronger relationship with your Creator, see the section on “Prayer, Fasting and Meditation: Relating to God.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Do the Commandments.”