Separation; the consequence of disobedience and deception. In Genesis; Eve, fooled by Satan’s persuasive tongue, her ears romanced by the idea of total knowledge opened doors to pride, an outcome that in that moment sounded better than the plans the Lord had for her, it sounded better than being obedient to God (Genesis 3:1-7). Followed then by Adams biting of the fruit, we, mankind were punished by a generational curse that only God himself could lift. In that moment we see the immediate effect of sin: noticing ourselves bare, running away due to shame from hearing God’s voice.
In this separation, we have all experienced the work of the enemy heavily throughout our lives. Going through a trial and error process of attempting the journey to happiness, and have all fallen. Through sin we were chained to the idea that satisfaction is inexistent, and life’s purpose was to see who found joy first. Many have failed. But few haven't, because those few understood the truth. The truth is that the separation of God and man was that in which kept us isolated and unreachable to our happiness, like fish taken out of water.
God is holy, a perfect being who we walked away from when we let our iniquities get in between Him and ourselves, iniquities that pushed Him away, iniquities that did not allow us to hear Him and experience His Spirit (Isaiah 59:2). Walking away from the light means being overcome by darkness. Women: now inheriting the pain of childbearing, with a desire for a husband who rules over us (Genesis 3:16). Men: inheriting a cursed land that will only give fruit by the sweat of their brow and finding the meaning of a death that will take him back to being dust (Genesis 2:17-19). Children: inheriting the curse that would never allow them to return to the delights found in the Garden of Eden, to the delight found in His presence (Genesis 3:22-24).
Oh, but what a great plot twist when the Father desired for us to know Him once more, inviting us back to a never ending feast of His presence. We failed and ran away from Him but being a Good Father, He called us back to Himself. Only through the acceptance of our individual sin, our disobedience, our darkness, and humbly asking for grace and forgiveness, have we been able to link again. In this moment we were thrown back in water, and able to take in the breath of life our Lord blew into us. The blood of His one and only Son became the bridge that fixed the gap between Father and child, Creator and creation, Holy and sinful.
Without the acknowledgment of our separation, the adoption we all seek will not be possible. Here is where we choose to touch God’s hand again. To run away from the fundamental problem, separation from God, and run to the only solution, Himself.