Adam could teach us a lot about desiring God. He probably woke up every morning wondering if this would be the day that God would restore him to the Garden.
If we’re not troubled by a lack of intimacy with God, it may be that we don’t know what we’re missing. But Adam knew. And it must have haunted him every day.
The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Adam. So I guess I’ve always seen him as a simple man, easy to deceive. He lived in a perfect garden. He had a perfect wife. And he had a perfect relationship with God. Then he bought into the lie that the world had more to offer.
But I think my initial assessment of Adam was wrong. He must have been an amazing man. After all, he was God’s first man. God created him to propagate the human race. I’m sure he was as perfect as a man of flesh could be. He was created in the image of God. He walked with God. And God talked to him.
What’s it like to have that kind of intimacy with God and then lose it?
And 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 from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8
Have you ever thought about the emotions that must have assaulted Adam as he swallowed the first bite of the fruit?
What was it like for Adam to hear his accusing conscience for the very first time? Did he break out into a cold sweat? Did he get sick to his stomach? Did he vomit?
Maybe we think his shame was more bearable because he wasn’t alone. Or maybe that made it worse. How did he feel as he pulled his wife behind a tree? Was his hand covering her mouth as God walked through the garden? What was it like, for the first time in his life, to hide from God?
Surely there is a correlation between the level of intimacy in a relationship and the degree of grief one feels when all is lost. We’ve all grieved over the loss of flawed relationships. What would it feel like to lose a perfect one?
For the rest of Adam’s life there must have been an agony in his relationship with God that we cannot comprehend. He remembered what it was like to be truly alive and innocent. And I’m sure he wanted that intimacy again more than anything.
If we do not deeply regret any day out of fellowship with God, we do not appreciate Adam’s grief. The chaos that so often keeps us from God would have been his constant reminder of the goodness and perfection he once knew.
The message of the gospel is that God has given to us what Adam could only hope for: reconciliation and restoration. In Christ, we have the unhindered freedom to walk with God.
If Adam were with us today, can you imagine the counsel he would give? I believe he would tell us that nothing is better than knowing God.
Adam lived the remainder of his life wanting what he once had. And we live ours in hopes of what we have yet to see.
God calls us to come out from our hiding places. And the honor is profound.
He walks in the garden. And He extends the hand of fellowship to you and to me.