Read: Genesis 3:1-21
Walking in God’s Garden
They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves . . . (v. 8)
Genesis 3 notes the first instance of walking in the Bible, which also hints at how a person lives one’s life. Adam and Eve had walked with God in the Garden of Eden, but after they sinned, they avoided God’s presence. In fact, they were afraid and hid among trees, unable to enjoy the fellowship they once knew. Imagine having and then losing that intimate experience with God.
But because of his amazing love, God provided a way to restore his relationship with man and sent his Son Jesus. By walking on this earth, then dying on the cross and rising to conquer death, Jesus made it possible for us to enjoy fellowship with God once again, to walk with him again and not hide in fear. Hymnwriter C. Austin Miles speaks about this in his classic hymn “In the Garden.” The refrain says, “And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”
God invites us to spend time walking and talking with him. We do this by reading his Word and praying throughout the day. As we consider some of the many Bible verses that talk about walking (e.g., Ps. 16:11), may your own walk with God become a source of deep joy. —Denise Vredevoogd
Prayer: Creator God, thank you for inviting us to walk with you each day.