Pearls of Grace - April 4

April 4

The Closet of Our Conscience

“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

It’s been said, “A clear conscience is the world’s most comfortable pillow”.  Guilt, shame, fear, are all feelings that will cause us to suddenly have the need to hide from others, especially God.  These emotions are the catalyst of disunity, isolation, loneliness and even separation from God altogether.  If we are hiding anything that is not right in the eyes of God we will not only find ourselves avoiding Him, but people as well.  It’s the weight of hidden sin and the effort it takes to conceal it that will eventually take its toll upon us. Divine intimacy is our greatest loss when we allow, or tolerate sin on any level in our life.  It eats away at us on the inside until peace is completely lost, and when peace cannot be found we give into hopelessness and further sin is unavoidable. 

God doesn’t want His child to have to endure this kind of living.  He designed us to live in the Light and when that Light is missing, we suffer the loss of all that comes from the life of Eden.  The simplicity of Eden living is nothing more than one choice and one choice alone: choosing to obey God.  Obedience is what keeps dialogue with God open and it also guards the blessings available to us in the Eden life which God created us to live.  One choice to act contrary to God’s will is the step that takes us outside the land of blessing.  It’s a single choice that can rob us of everything good and plentiful; just one single choice can remove it from our life.  Whether we realize it or not, God provided the good and perfect life and then freely gave it to us, but He left the keeping of it to us.  We determine if it will remain or not. 

What a responsibility we have been given and when the good of Eden is missing, we have no one to blame but ourselves.  This is God’s plan and His way.  It would seem that God has given us a vested interest in Eden!  You would think with such a personal interest at stake, OURSELVES, we would want to protect it at any cost.


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