Escape or Embrace?

Come close to God
And God will come close to you. 
Today's Scripture: Genesis 3:1-9

Embrace” is a word that communicates its meaning, simply in its speaking. The Bible is so profound in how it explains the simplest of things to us, such as “God’s embrace” of us to us. In Genesis, we see the first set of questions asked in the beginning. These questions say a lot about the kind of world we live in, and the kind of God we serve.

Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?

GENESIS 3:1 NLT

This is the first recorded question, and it was a question of doubt. The devil was trying to get the people of God to doubt Him, and to sin against Him. This is because sin is always the barrier. An offense is all that is needed…and then, the devil goes ahead to gain the upper hand. The second question, however, presents itself a few verses after. The tables had turned and God was asking a question – a question of embrace.

Where are you?

GENESIS 3:9 NLT

God definitely knew that Adam and Eve had disobeyed Him, but His first words to them are words to draw them close to Him. He had placed them in the garden for companionship. God’s initial plan was a robust relationship. Now, sin had come in the way, and they were hiding from God. The devil had succeeded in tricking them into believing that they were no longer accepted by the Father. But God’s question of embrace overshadowed the devil’s plan. 

Sadly, it still happens today. We go about our daily lives seeking to please the Father. Unfortunately, the one moment where we fall short, we take ourselves out of the presence. The reverse should be the case. Come close to God and God will come close to you (James 4:8 NLT). In His presence, we will be purified. This is one of the many truths you should hold on to as you go about this year.

Prayer Point: Father, I choose to dwell in your embrace. Help me to never lose sight of your embrace in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

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