Today’s post is by an old friend from Bible school, Judith Brown. Judith emailed this to various friends in the Lord and was good enough to let me share it.
“Who told you that you were naked?” Genesis 3:11
God asked Adam and Eve this question after they had eaten the forbidden fruit. Their eyes had “become open” and they saw their own nakedness for the first time. Prior to this, Adam and Eve perceived their world through a different lens. Their input came from God. What God said was their reality. When sin entered this world, our 5 senses became the new lens informing us of “reality.” Adam and Eve had always been naked. Now they “saw” their nakedness. This view did not come from God’s view.
“Who told you that you were naked?”
I feel like God said to my heart, “Who told you to fear? Who told you things will go badly? Who told you the world is falling apart?” Which reality is informing my heart? Is it what I see and hear around me, or is it what I see and hear from the Father?
Adam and Eve WERE naked, but they did not perceive any lack or need when they were only knowing Him. When their awareness changed, their first reaction was to cover themselves; to take care of the ‘problem’ in their own strength, with their own resources (making themselves clothing of leaves). God sought them out and made provision for them. He made them clothing of skins to cover them, in a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of His Son that would be the ultimate
covering (Genesis 3:21).
We have inherited Adam and Eve’s lens for viewing reality. But God’s provision is available to each who will receive. His reality is to inform us instead. Maybe the world IS falling apart, but the answer is in receiving His provision (Christ) and hearing His voice. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” yes, we may walk through that valley—but we are not alone. Our comfort is… “I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.”
Who told you that you were naked? Who told you to fear? It was not the Lord.