The faith the heavenly Father desires for us is a shadow of the Garden of Eden.
Walking and talking with the One who was their Creator, Lord, Provider, and Friend was the essence of life for Adam and Eve. He was the center of their hearts and the joy of their existence. They followed His directions, and life was fresh and new each day.
Then a snake came who substituted a lie for what God had told them. Satan seduced the inexperienced young couple into a world of doubt and appetites. They accepted the snake’s scheme.
After a long time, God’s Son came to pay for the couple’s disobedience, which had passed a fallen nature to their descendants. God now leads the descendants of the first couple who chose to accept the Father’s satisfying payment for sin that was made by Jesus on the cross.
Eternal life is given to each person who believes in the Savior. This conversion permits entry into a new garden that replaces the Garden of Eden—the Garden of Grace. In this garden, we discover what our original parents lost: a daily walk with Almighty God where we experience His provision and protection.
Unfortunately, the snake’s lies and schemes can still deceive us. We can lose our warm conversational relationship with the Lord until we confess and repent of our sins and let God cleanse us.
When we do, we are no longer lonely for the One who made our day. We find the intended joy of our existence in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, our first love.
Are you enjoying the Garden of Grace through walking and talking with your loving Creator?
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The Rev. Dr. Bob Segress served as a licensed psychological clinician for twenty-five years. Upon retiring, he served for fifteen years as a prison minister. Retiring again, he began writing full-time after a period of boredom. He has written: The Biblical Approach To Psychology while serving as a college educator, The Shelton Series, and, in 2012, Ten Years Inside Shelton Prison. Currently, he writes for several publications such as Halo Magazine.