Y’all know the story of Adam and Eve right.
Yea I know not a famous one among us women because you know the whole getting tricked by the serpent, blamed for eating the apple and basically sin entering into the world🤦🏾♀️. However, I want to look closely at a particular part of this story I found interesting and hopefully, by the end, you’ll understand it’s significance in this post.
“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. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”(Genesis 3:8-10)
As I was reading this section of the passage I began to wonder why Adam and Eve hid from God like this, I mean it’s the beginning of the world, did they even know that was the right response to their FEAR? 🤔As I pondered, I realised that they weren’t afraid of God’s voice as I had assumed every time I read this passage, but the fact that they were naked and that’s what caused them to hide🤯.
I found this quite odd since earlier in the passage Adam and Eve after eating the fruit they realised they were naked right and so they made coverings for themselves.
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Genesis 3:6-7)
If they had made covering for themselves before they heard God’s voice then why was there a need to hide? 🧐 Meaning when Adam spoke to God (Genesis 3:10) even though they had covered themselves the reality in their eyes was that they were still naked😳. Fear had formulated the reality that they were still naked in the sight of God, despite their attempts to cover up.
Furthermore, their response to fear was to immediately run away and hide. Sound familiar? This is just the human instinct to fear since the beginning of the human race to run and hide from that we fear. To avoid it.
Oh, we still going…
Further down the passage, God asked who had told them they were naked and thus the blame game began😬, from Adam to Eve to the serpent. (Genesis 3:11-13) However, in the end, all were punished (Genesis 3:14-19). We have a tendency to sometimes blame others for our fears, though we have just as much to blame for it. No amount of blame will stop the misfortunes that come with fear.
Be careful of the roots of fear as in their nature they will cause you to see through their eyes and make you respond by hiding away. They will cause you to put the blame on others when it is your own doing.
These passages highlight the origin of fear as much as the origin of sin. Fear is something God never intended for us, as my previous post (The Spirit of Fear) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear…” (2 Timothy 1:7, Part 1)
“….but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, Part 2)
And just like He made weapons against sin so He did for fear.
POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND 😍✨
Stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be 😊