God is never out to harm you. Everything He does, however tough/ uncomfortable, is for the good of His children.
“So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken”
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God has always been and still is the perfect definition of love. We see it from the very beginning in the way that He still takes care of Adam and Eve by making for them garments and clothing them even though they had done something so woeful – something that distorted his general plan for humanity. Everything that God had in plan from the very beginning was of good, but through their actions, Adam and Eve had not only gone against God’s will, but they had also exposed themselves to greater vulnerabilities. God, who sees the end from the beginning, knew that if they stayed there longer, they would probably go ahead to make more mistakes that would make the situation even worse. Adjustments needed to be made, for a better tomorrow.He said in the 22nd verse, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
Superficially, this act of chasing Adam and Eve from a place they had already grown to love, seems more like an act of wrath, rather than what it really was - an act of grace. I see it as an evacuation from an environment already made toxic. In His grace, God wants to take you out of a place that He knows exposes you to vulnerabilities of sin. You may see it as losing a job, but He’s taking you out of that corruption-infested office to teach you to depend on Him and Him alone - the giver of all good things.
Grace can be granted by God saying “No” to what we support or do. You may think you are being rejected from something good whearas you are actually being directed to something better..something that God knows will work for you.
The grace of evacuating us, as seen first through Adam and Eve, means that we can re-enter into proper relationship with God and we will not be stuck in a toxic environment for eternity. Instead, we have an Advocate and an exit plan. The evacuation of the ‘Garden of Eden’ allows for greater garden – heaven – which awaits. I like to say, sin hinders progress. While we are still in sin or entertaining an environment that encourages sin, we make it difficult for ourselves to recognize God’s power in action.
God loves you. He loves to pour out grace to you. See grace over wrath when He corrects you, or takes you out of a place that He knows won’t work out for you.