September 01, 2010

God Walks in the Garden

Genesis 3:1-8

The man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.
Genesis 3:8


God enjoys walking. Did you know that? In Genesis we learn that God walked in the garden he had made, especially in the cool of the early evening.

Walking is my favorite form of exercise. My wife and I walk every morning in our neighborhood, weather permitting. We go out as soon as it is light. After I get home, I have my devotions. Then I also meditate on what God is doing in my life, and I commit the day to him.

God created human beings to have fellowship with him. That’s why he was walking in the garden: he wanted to meet with Adam and Eve and spend time with them. Personal fellowship with God is at the very heart of our purpose for being!

This month we will look at Bible texts from Genesis to Revelation to reflect on what it means to walk with God. And we’ll discover that today God wants to have fellowship with us too.

To enjoy fellowship with God, we must pursue faithful obedience. Although he no longer walks in Eden since Adam and Eve sinned, God still meets us regularly through his Word and Spirit. By his Word, God speaks to us and gives us wisdom for the challenges of each day. And through his Spirit, we find new strength to stick close beside the Lord as we live according to his will.

Lord, you have created us to have fellowship with you. We pray that you will meet us today. Help us this month to understand what it means to walk with you. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Adrian A. Helleman

Dr. Adrian Helleman served as a pastor in British Columbia before being called to serve as a missionary-teacher in the Philippines. He and his wife, Wendy, later taught philosophy at Moscow State University in Russia, and then philosophy and theology at the University of Jos in Nigeria. They have also lectured in Canada, the United States, South Africa, and Tanzania. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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