We all know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and about how the serpent tempted Eve and both Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Of course, this changed the course of mankind forevermore.
An interesting story within a story happens when God comes into the garden for His daily walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening. This time, Adam and Eve were hiding from God. Of course, God searches them out and finds them (can we ever really hide from God?). He asks them why they hiding from Him and they replied that they were hiding because they were naked so they hid themselves. Now, they had been naked all along, the Bible tells us they were naked and unashamed, but now they felt the need to hide themselves from God on account of their nakedness.
Then, God asks them an interesting question. God says to them, “Who told you that you were naked?” God had created Adam and Eve, had walked in the garden with them while they were naked, and knew them intimately. He wasn’t offended by their nakedness.
Adam and Eve, it seems, had listened to Satan who had told them that they needed to hide from God because they were naked. God hadn’t told them they were naked. It was Satan’s plan for Adam and Eve to run from God, to hide from Him, and be separated from Him.
That’s Satan’s plan for us today, too. Satan tells us things about ourselves that can make us feel like God doesn’t care for us anymore. He might tell us that we have done too many bad things in our past. He might tell us that we’re used goods because of past relationships gone bad. He might tell us our criminal record disqualifies us from walking with God. He might tell us that the abuse we endured in the past makes us dirty and God doesn’t want anything to do with us. Maybe Satan tells us that addictions, or habits, or failures in the past makes God mad at us so that He doesn’t want to spend time with us.
These things are lies. Before this scenarios plays our in Genesis 3, we read that God was in the garden looking for Adam and Eve. He wanted to spend time with them. Of course, He knew that they had sinned and eaten the fruit and He came to be with them anyway. God’s plan for us includes reconciliation, regardless of where we’ve been or what we’ve done.
So, the next time you feel like you’re not good enough to have a relationship with God ask yourself, “Who told me that?”